Luna Expedition

Luna Expedition (HMZGN)

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

N 30° 24.154', W 87° 12.788'

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450th Anniversary

— February 19, 2009 —

In the year of Pensacola's 450th anniversary celebration of the Luna expedition,
Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain
visited the city to commemorate our community's long Spanish heritage.

In August 1559, an expedition led by Tristan de Luna y Arellano arrived in Pensacola Bay to establish Santa Maria de Ochuse,a settlement that predated the founding of Jamestown by a half century and St.Augustine by a half dozen years.Departing Vera Cruz on June 11,1559,Luna was at the head of one of the most formidable settlement expeditions in American History. An eleven-ship fleet carrying in excess of 1500 persons,more than double the number of any previous Spanish expedition to Florida. Though the settlement failed in 1561,it was the longest-lasting colonial settlement up to that date in what is now the United States.
Year Placed2009
Placed ByThe City of Pensacola, Celebrate Pensacola Inc., and the Spain-Florida Foundation
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 8:25am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 479527 N 3363413
Decimal Degrees30.40256667, -87.21313333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 24.154', W 87° 12.788'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 24' 9.24" N, 87° 12' 47.28" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 980 S Palafox St, Pensacola FL 32502, US
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