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 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. Touch for map. It is located at Plaza de Luna park on the
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USCGC Sebago (WPG/WHEC 42) (within shouting 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 9, 2012, by Mike McHugh of Perdido Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,024 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on February 11, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 9, 2012, by Mike McHugh of Perdido Bay, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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