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Jupiter in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Jupiter Inlet Shipwrecks

1600-1700s

 
 
Jupiter Inlet Shipwrecks 1600-1700s Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 13, 2016
1. Jupiter Inlet Shipwrecks 1600-1700s Marker
Inscription. During the 17th century, Spanish galleons and merchant ships navigated the treacherous waters off the Florida coast. These vessels carried silver and gemstones from the mines of Mexico and Peru. They routinely ran a narrow gauntlet of shallow water, sand bars, coral reefs, and occasional hurricanes off the Jupiter Inlet as they followed the Gulf Streamís swift north current. The ships that did not survive the passage left a legacy of cannons, anchors, navigational tools, coins, flatware, silver and gold scattered across the ocean floor. Today, this area is nicknamed “The Treasure Coast.” Ships thought to have wrecked off the Jupiter coast during the 1600s include the San Miguel Archangel and the San Francisco y San Antonio. Both ships were avisos, Spanish courier ships weighing 60 tons or less. The avisos were well-armed, but speed was their best defense, which allowed them to outrun larger, better-armed vessels. Avisos were primarily used to transport correspondence to and from the Spanish throne, but were known to carry goods and valuables. Shipwrecks like these are important time capsules of history, which increase our understanding of the people who sailed Florida's waters before us.
 
Erected 2012 by The Town of Jupiter and the Florida Department of State. (Marker
Jupiter Inlet Shipwrecks 1600-1700s Marker with inlet in background image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 13, 2016
2. Jupiter Inlet Shipwrecks 1600-1700s Marker with inlet in background
Number F-753.)
 
Location. 26° 56.608′ N, 80° 4.381′ W. Marker is in Jupiter, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker can be reached from Ocean Trail Way 0.3 miles north of Jupiter Beach Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located in the northern parking lot of park at Jupiter Inlet. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1375 Jupiter Beach Road, Jupiter FL 33477, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jupiter Inlet Midden I (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jupiter Lighthouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); World War II U.S. Naval Housing Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); "Dive Into History" (approx. 0.9 miles away); U.S. Jupiter Life Saving Station (approx. one mile away); United States Life Saving Station (approx. one mile away); Ft. Jupiter - Jupiter Lighthouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sawfish Bay (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jupiter.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Jupiter Inlet Shipwrecks 1600-1700s Marker with lighthouse in background image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 13, 2016
3. Jupiter Inlet Shipwrecks 1600-1700s Marker with lighthouse in background
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 254 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 17, 2016.
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