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Pensacola in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Pathway to Early America

 
 
Pathway to Early America Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 9, 2021
1. Pathway to Early America Marker
Inscription.  In 1559, Don Tristan de Luna y Arellano sailed from Vera Cruz to Pensacola Bay in La Florida, to establish as the first permanent colony. The bay, also known as Ochuse and Panzacola, was reached by this sea pathway on August 15, 1559. A hurricane in September destroyed most of the 11 ships, horses, and supplies killing many of the 1000 colonists, soldiers, and servants. This first effort failed by 1561, and would not succeed until 1698 when Ft. San Carlos de Austria and the town of Santa Maria de Galve were built on the present Naval Air Station. The exact location of de Luna's first site is unknown.
 
Erected by National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, Project of the 2000-2008 Administration. Mary Ann Groome Hepler, National President.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Colonists series list. A significant historical date for this entry is August 15, 1559.
 
Location. 30° 20.97′ N, 87° 17.538′ W. Marker is
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in Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker is on Slemmer Avenue north of Hatch Road, on the left when traveling north. Located on the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Access is limited. Obtain permission before proceeding on base and to the marker. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pensacola FL 32508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Pensacola (here, next to this marker); Spain to Pensacola (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Hospital Compound (approx. 0.4 miles away); Resisting Land-based Assaults (approx. half a mile away); Pensacola’s First Lighthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Officers of the Uniformed Services Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Navy Seabees Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Don Tristan de Luna y Arellano. (Submitted on October 9, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Pathway to Early America Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 9, 2021
2. Pathway to Early America Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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