It is surprising to find the Naval Museum in Madrid … a long way from the Atlantic Ocean or Mediterranean. But step inside and be impressed. The Spanish Navy began during the 13th century. Its earliest accomplishments include the discovery of America and the first circumnavigation voyage. See the Mappa Mundi, the maps drawn by Juan de la Casa circa 1500 during Christopher Columbus’ explorations. Learn the navy’s role in expanding Spain’s influence as a rich, world power up until the end of the 18th century. You will also discover details about the modern accomplishments of this branch of Spain’s Armed Forces. The Museo Naval is part of the Spanish Armada’s Naval Headquarters.