Baja California’s Sea Turtles Swim Out of the Past

Fishermen in a panga, 1970's. Courtesy of the Verdugo family of Bahía de los Ángeles, Baja California, Mexico.
Fishermen in a panga, 1970’s. Courtesy of the Verdugo family of Bahía de los Ángeles, Baja California, Mexico.

For nearly 400 years, Spanish trading ships known as Manila Galleons left Asia loaded with porcelain, silk, spices and other treasures bound for the Port of Acapulco on what is today the west coast of Mexico. After three months at sea, the sailors would reach the coast of Baja California starved, scurvy-ridden, and with no naval escort. British and Dutch buccaneers knew of the treasure ships’ vulnerability and waited in the protected waters of coves like Cabo San Lucas to assault the galleons and seize their riches… Read more at Latinamericanscience.org.

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