Acapulco's fort was built in 1616 to protect the city's lucrative harbor and wealthy citizens from pirate attacks. Although it was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1776, it was entirely restored by the end of that century. Today the fort houses the excellent Museo Histórico de Acapulco (Acapulco History Museum). Bilingual videos and text explain exhibits tracing the city's history from the first pre-Hispanic settlements 3,000 years ago through the exploits of
pirates like Sir Francis Drake, the era of the missionaries, and up to Mexico's independence from Spain in 1821. There are also displays of precious silks, Talavera tiles, exquisitely hand-tooled wooden furniture, and delicate china. A visit to the fort is a wonderful way to learn about and appreciate the history of this old port city.
Calle Hornitos and Calle Morelos, Acapulco, Guerrero, 39300, Mexico
Nov 9, 2005
If you only went to this fort to see from the upper level a 360-degree view of the harbor and surrounding city area, it would be worth it for those scenic views. The fort is well restored and also functions as a museum. The museum exhibits are annotated in both Spanish and English (even if it is sometimes broken English). In the main level there are air-conditioned rooms showing the history of the fort and Acapulco. The interesting permanent exhibits
show the Acapulco's connection during Spain's colonization period to many Pacific Ocean colonies and trade routes. If you're travelling by car, you'll notice there is no parking on the main street outside the fort, between the fort and Acapulco harbor. Drive up the first road east of the fort to find the main entrance to the fort and plenty of parking space within the fenced area of the fort.