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16th Century Spanish Ship dug out in Pensacola

 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 3:42 am    Post subject: 16th Century Spanish Ship dug out in Pensacola Reply with quote

This could be very interesting. Below is the article on the finding of a 16th Century Spanish ship under Pensacola's Naval Station.

http://www.elpais.es/articulo/elpporgen/20060324elpepuage_2/Tes/gente/barco/tierra

Equipos de construcción de la Armada de Estados Unidos han logrado desenterrar un barco español poco común, que estuvo sepultado durante cientos de años bajo la arena de la Estación Aérea Naval de Pensacola, en el estado de Florida.

Los arqueólogos confirmaron ayer jueves el hallazgo e indicaron que la embarcación podría ser de mediados del siglo XVI, cuando la primera colonia española de Estados Unidos fue fundada en ese lugar.

La colonia en ese lugar fue abandonada dos años después tras el paso de un huracán.

"Es posible que se trate de uno de los primeros barcos" que visitaron Florida, señaló Elizabeth Benchley, directora del Instituto de Arqueología de la Universidad de Florida Occidental.

Sin embargo, Benchley señaló que la parte expuesta del barco se parece más a las embarcaciones de períodos posteriores debido a sus clavos de hierro.

"Hubo varios naufragios de barcos españoles en la Bahía de Pensacola, y hemos trabajado en dos, uno que databa de 1559 y otro en 1705. Sin embargo, nadie había encontrado uno sepultado en tierra y fue una gran sorpresa para todo el mundo", dijo Benchley.

La primera colonia española en Estados Unidos fue fundada en Pensacola en 1559. La ubicación de esa primera colonia sigue siendo un misterio, pero los arqueólogos hallaron vestigios de un naufragio ocurrido en 1559 en la Bahía de Pensacola.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:26 am    Post subject: Whose fleet? Reply with quote

What makes this so interesting is that the ship was literally thrown on land by a hurricane. I guess this factor will make it easier to find out the date and therefore whether it belonged to Cpt. Galvez's fleet or to Pedro Menéndez de Avilés's.

http://www.wofl.com/_ezpost/data/38306.shtml
Navy uncovers centuries-old Spanish ship buried under sand
(03.24.06) — PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- The Navy says it's uncovered a centuries-old Spanish ship buried under sand at Pensacola's Naval Air Station. Construction crews discovered the find while rebuilding the base's swim rescue school that was destroyed during Hurricane Ivan. Navy officials say they'll enclose the uncovered portion of the ship and move construction to accommodate future work by archaeologists. Experts say the vessel could date to as early as the mid-1500s. That's when the first Spanish settlement in the United States was founded here. The settlement was abandoned two years later after a hurricane. The first Spanish settlement in the United States was founded at Pensacola in 1559. The location of the original settlement is a mystery. The Spanish didn't return until more than a century later in 1698 at Presidio Santa Maria de Galve, now Pensacola Naval Air Station.
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