Historic Markers Across Florida

Luna Expedition

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Location: at Plaza de Luna park on the Palafox Pier, near the De Luna Statue, Pensacola, FL
County: Escambia
Coordinates: N 30° 24.154    W 087° 12.788
  30.40256666    -87.21313333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Luna Expedition
450th Anniversary
— 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.