Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Pensacola in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Luna Expedition

450th Anniversary

 

—February 19, 2009 —

 
450th Anniversary of the Luna Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike McHugh, August 23, 2009
1. 450th Anniversary of the Luna Expedition Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 2009 by the City of Pensacola, Celebrate Pensacola Inc., and the Spain-Florida Foundation.
 
Location. 30° 24.154′ N, 87° 12.788′ W. Marker is in Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker is on South Palafox Street near South Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. It is located at Plaza de Luna park on the Palafox Pier,
Tristan De Luna y Arellano image. Click for full size.
By Mike McHugh, August 23, 2009
2. Tristan De Luna y Arellano
Led expedition to settle Pensacola 1559.
near the De Luna Statue. Marker is in this post office area: Pensacola FL 32502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trader Jon's (approx. 0.3 miles away); Piers, Ports and Wharves: A Look At Pensacola's Waterfront (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mooring Anchor (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gen. Andrew Jackson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Colonial Pensacola - Archaeology Brings History to Life (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Life and Legacy of T. T. Wentworth, Jr. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gateway to Florida’s History (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Commanding Officer's Compound (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pensacola.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike McHugh of Perdido Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 929 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mike McHugh of Perdido Bay, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement