Emanuel Point Shipwrecks Historical

Emanuel Point Shipwrecks Historical (HM1XAW)

Location: Pensacola, FL 32502 Escambia County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 25.051', W 87° 11.579'

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In August 1559, eleven ships under command of Don Tristan de Luna y Arellano sailed into Pensacola Bay, then called Ochuse, to establish a new colony for Spain. Intended to stake a claim on the northern Gulf coast, the settlement was planned to become a city on the edge of the empire. A thousand colonists brought livestock, personal possessions, tools, and materials to build their new town. A month after they arrived, a powerful hurricane struck the fledgling colony and sank most of the ships, which were being used as floating warehouses for supplies and food. Survivors eventually were evacuated and the Spanish did not return to Pensacola Bay until 1698. In 1992, archaeologists with the State of Florida discovered one of Luna's ships off Emanuel Point near the entrance to Bayou Texar. A second ship was found by University of West Florida archaeologists nearby in 2006. Investigations revealed remnants of the doomed colony, including ceramic and metal storage containers and cooking pots, bones from cows and pigs, stone cannonballs and the wheel of a gun carriage, pieces of a suit of armor, wooden tool handles and eating utensils, and even remains of a ship's cat. The rest of Luna's fleet waits to be discovered.
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Year Placed2015
Placed BySponsored by the Florida Public Archaeology Network, University of West Florida Division of Anthropology and Archaeology, City of Pensacola, Visit Pensacola, and the Florida Department Of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, March 17th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 481465 N 3365066
Decimal Degrees30.41751667, -87.19298333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 25.051', W 87° 11.579'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 25' 3.06" N, 87° 11' 34.74" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1726 FL-30, Pensacola FL 32502, US
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