“Finding one wreck like this could cap your career. That’s an amazing thing,” he said. “I was just looking at the number of ships from this time period that are either Spanish or Portuguese found in the New World, and it’s only like 12, so there’s only a handful of sites. The fact that we have multiple vessels and the land site, now we’re getting this broader picture of the entire settlement and the entire expedition.”
The Spaniard Luna and about 1,500 soldiers, colonists, slaves and Aztec Indians traveled in 11 ships from Veracruz, Mexico to Pensacola. A hurricane struck Pensacola about a month later, sinking six ships into the bay and wiping out a significant portion of their supplies.
Story: Thomas St. Myer, Pensacola News Journal | Photo: Tony Giberson