Fact of the Day (1/30) - Earliest Asian Migrations

One of the earliest Asian migrations recorded to the United States are the Manilamen of St. Malo, Louisiana. As early as 1784, the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade created a major trade route and market for Spain. Spaniards embarked on voyages that traveled across the Pacific Ocean from Mexico to the ports of Manila, Philippines, profiting from lavish goods with high gain. However, the downside came with the use of Filipino labor as they were brought to travel onboard the ships, many as slaves that performed labor under unfair conditions. As a result, some Filipinos jumped ship and settled in Louisiana, establishing a fishing village and lived interdependently without Spanish rule.