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

Colonial Pensacola - Archaeology Brings History to Life

 
 
Colonial Pensacola - Archaeology Brings History to Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 1, 2015
1. Colonial Pensacola - Archaeology Brings History to Life Marker
Inscription. From 1754 until 1821, a succession of Spanish and British forts were constructed in this area of Pensacola. You are standing at the west end of the forts. They extended nearly 200 yards eastward. The Spanish, then the British, and again the Spanish occupied these lands and built forts. This Colonial Archaeological Trail interprets these forts. In addition, it includes the site where Andrew Jackson first officially raised the American flag over Florida.
This project is jointly presented by the University of West Florida, the City of Pensacola, and the State of Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources.
 
Erected by the City of Pensacola, the University of West Florida & the Historic Pensacola Preservation Board.
 
Location. 30° 24.515′ N, 87° 12.811′ W. Marker is in Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Jefferson Street and East Zarragossa Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 330 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola FL 32502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Life and Legacy of T. T. Wentworth, Jr. (a few steps from this marker); Gateway to Florida’s History
Historic Pensacola Village Colonial Archaeological Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 1, 2015
2. Historic Pensacola Village Colonial Archaeological Trail Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Gen. Andrew Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker); William Dudley Chipley (within shouting distance of this marker); The End of the Colonial Era in Florida (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Pensacola Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Commanding Officer's Compound (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Wesley Hardin (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Colonial Archaeological Trail. (Submitted on January 7, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationForts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
Cross-section of West Fort Wall image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 1, 2015
3. Cross-section of West Fort Wall
This is a replica of the portion of an archaeological trench excavated in Plaza Ferdinand. Remnants of a wall, moat and pickets from the 1778 British Fort of Pensacola were found in this trench. The wall, into which posts had been vertically set, is a dark rectangular stain. The moat, about 15' long and 5' wide, was in front of the wall and was filled in after a short period of use. Short pointed posts were placed in the defunct moat. A wall dating to 1767 is faintly visible. Eventually, the remnants of the fort were covered with 2' of dirt during the construction of Plaza Ferdinand.
West Fort Wall actual section image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 1, 2015
4. West Fort Wall actual section
Officers' Room Foundation image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 1, 2015
5. Officers' Room Foundation
The British occupied Pensacola between 1763 and 1781. During this time they improved and expanded the previously existing Spanish fort. This brick foundation, constructed in classic English bond (alternating rows of stretchers and headers), was part of the 32' x 32' Officers' room building where daily fort business was conducted close to the western gate.
Officers' Room Foundation section image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 1, 2015
6. Officers' Room Foundation section
T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum and foreground dig site. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 10, 2014
7. T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum and foreground dig site.
Fort Plan from 1778 image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 1, 2015
8. Fort Plan from 1778
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 407 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 7, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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