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UWF wins top award for Luna settlement work

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The University of West Florida has won a national archaeology award for its work unearthing Tristan de Luna's 1559 settlement in Pensacola — the first...

Archaeologists discuss discovery of 16th century Luna settlement in Pensacola

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A standing-room only crowd turned out this month to hear details and view artifacts from both the shipwrecks and land settlement associated with the...

Archaeologists to discuss significance of Luna expedition in Pensacola

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A free event hosted by University of West Florida archaeologists will showcase the most recent discoveries of the 1559 Luna expedition in Pensacola. The University...

Happy birthday, Pensacola!

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Four hundred and fifty-seven years ago this week, Spanish explorer Tristán de Luna y Arellano sailed into Pensacola Bay and established the first multi-year...

The hurricane that doomed America’s First Settlement

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Once again, hurricane season is upon us. As a yearly ritual, residents along the Gulf Coast use this current time of calm for preparation…and a...

Researchers hunting underwater artifacts from Spanish fleet

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An image appears that catches the attention of Dr. Greg Cook, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of West Florida, as he...

Settlement of Pensacola marked the “beginning of Christianity” in America

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It was 457 years ago. William Shakespeare had yet to be born. The world had yet to adopt the Gregorian calendar, and only a few...

Historical marker unveiled for 16th century shipwrecks in Pensacola Bay

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Two shipwrecks in Pensacola Bay, from Tristan de Luna’s 1559 fleet, now have state recognition through a historical marker dedicated Friday morning. Considered a major...

America’s first settlement unearthed in Pensacola

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For centuries, the exact location of Tristán de Luna y Arellano's 1559 settlement in Pensacola — the first multi-year European settlement in the United States...