Plaza Mayor in Mexico City where Spanish soldier Gil Pérez suddenly appeared after apparently being teleported from Manila. Picture via Wikimedia Commons.
On October 24, 1593, a soldier called Gil Perez was on guard duty outside the Governor’s palace in Manila.
Extra vigilance was required, as it had been learned just the day before that Governor Gómez Pérez Dasmariñas had been assassinated by Chinese pirates.
The soldier began to feel dizzy and exhausted. He leaned against the wall and rested for a moment with his eyes closed.
When he opened his eyes a few moments later he found himself in unfamiliar surroundings. What he couldn’t know at that time was he was standing in Mexico City’s Plaza Mejor, thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean.