To celebrate Florida's 500th birthday, a replica of a 17th-century Spanish galleon has crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and its crew of 26 is inviting Central Floridians to take a tour of their ship. El Galeon is docked at Port Canaveral through May 12 and open for public tours.
The ship sailed across the Atlantic on a similar route to the ones Spaniards once traveled to the New World. It took 17 days to go from the Canary Islands to Santo Domingo. It stopped in Puerto Rico before continuing to Florida, according to VisitFlorida.com.
In the 1600s, a transatlantic Spanish galleon would have carried 50 to 60 people, according to an El Galeon crew member.