Pensacola in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
— 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 Tristán de Luna y Arellano arrived in Pensacola Bay to establish Santa María de Ochuse, a settlement that predated the founding of Jamestown by a half century and St. Augustine by a half dozen years. Departing Veracruz 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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is June 11, 1559.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pensacola FL 32502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Middle Passage to Pensacola / African Presence in Colonial Pensacola (a few steps from this marker); USCGC Sebago (WPG/WHEC 42) (within shouting distance of this marker); Trader Jon's (approx. 0.3 miles away); Industry At Sea (approx. 0.3 miles away); Archaeology in a Maritime Community (approx. 0.3 miles away); A New Territory for the U.S. (approx. 0.3 miles away); 407 South Palafox (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pioneer Planing Mills (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola.
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