Saturday, March 3, 2012

1559 - PENSACOLA - 2009 / de Luna landing re-enactment

Spanish sailor Don Tristán de Luna stepped ashore in Pensacola on August 15, 1559, founding the first known European settlement in what would become the United States of America. On Saturday, August 15, 2009, a re-enactment of that event took place at Pensacola Beach.

The first Catholic Mass was said in the Pensacola area when priests came ashore with de Luna, whose expedition was devastated by a hurricane shortly after arriving. Just offshore, one of those ships, the Emmanuel Point II, is the second-oldest shipwreck in U.S. territory. The Spanish left the area and did not return until the late 1600s.


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