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Spanish Fort in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bay of the Holy Spirit

 
 
Bay of the Holy Spirit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
1. Bay of the Holy Spirit Marker
Inscription. The earliest outline of a recognizable bay on the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico was shown on a 1507 map by German cartographer Martin Waldeseemuller–the same map to first apply the name "America" to the New World.

Alonso Álvarez de Pineda, during a 1519 Spanish expedition seeking a water passage to the Orient through the Gulf, described this harbor and gave it the name Bahía del Espíritu Santo. Successive Spanish explorers sought this "Holy Grail" along the Gulf Coast, failing until a 1693 expedition concluded that what is now called Mobile Bay was the fabled Bay of the Holy Spirit.
 
Erected 2008 by the Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 30° 40.63′ N, 87° 59.059′ W. Marker is in Spanish Fort, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is on Battleship Parkway (U.S. 98) near Interstate 10, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the end of the westbound I-10, Exit 30 off-ramp. Marker is at or near this postal address: Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort AL 36527, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. United States Ship Alabama (BB-60) (approx. 1.8 miles away); "Take Her Down!"
Bay of the Holy Spirit Marker with Interstate 10 westbound off ramp in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
2. Bay of the Holy Spirit Marker with Interstate 10 westbound off ramp in background.
(approx. 1.9 miles away); The Submarine Lookout Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); Memorial to USS Herring (SS-233) (approx. 1.9 miles away); Horace O. Davis (approx. 1.9 miles away); B-52D "Stratofortress" (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); An Unheralded Breed of Soldier (approx. 2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Martin Waldseemüller. (Submitted on January 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. ExplorationWaterways & Vessels
 
The view east on U.S. Highway 98 (Battleship Parkway). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
3. The view east on U.S. Highway 98 (Battleship Parkway).
Part of the Eastern Shore Trail (See trail map in separate photo).
<i>Universalis Cosmographia, </i>Waldseemüller's 1507 world map. image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain US-PD
4. Universalis Cosmographia, Waldseemüller's 1507 world map.
Waldseemüller map from 1507 is the first map to include the name "America" and the first to depict the Americas as separate from Asia. There is only one surviving copy of the map, which was purchased by the Library of Congress in 2001 for $10 million.
Eastern Shore Trail Map by the Baldwin County Trailblazers. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
5. Eastern Shore Trail Map by the Baldwin County Trailblazers.
Map located on kiosk nearby this marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 172 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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