Comings and Goings

Step out on the balcony to view this two-story, interactive world map which allows visitors to explore historic and current ocean trade routes. The Gulf of Mexico has long been a crucial artery for trade, dating back to early explorers from Spain, France, and England. Spanish conquistadors including Columbus and Ponce DeLeon navigated its waters in search of riches, while French and English settlers established trading posts along its shores. 

Today, the Gulf remains a vital thoroughfare for global commerce, with modern trade routes connecting North and South America, Europe, and beyond. Major ports like Mobile, Houston, New Orleans and Veracruz facilitate the movement of goods, including oil, natural gas, and agricultural products. As a gateway between continents, the Gulf of Mexico continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the world economy.