Historic Markers Across Alabama

Bay of the Holy Spirit

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: Intersection of I-10 & the Causeway, Spanish Fort
County: Baldwin
Coordinates: N 30° 40.628    W 087° 59.061
  30.67713333    -87.98435
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMKKFZ


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.

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