Luna by Land and Sea: Public Outreach at America’s First European Settlement


The people of Pensacola have long been proud of their connection with the 1559 Tristán de Luna expedition and to the earliest European multi-year settlement of the United States. The recent discovery of Luna’s colony site on land, together with the ongoing excavation of ships associated with his wrecked fleet, has stimulated renewed public interest and excitement in the community’s heritage.  Archaeologists with the University of West Florida and its(?)theFlorida Public Archaeology Network work closely to enable the public to experience these fascinating new discoveries. This paper will describe a wide variety of public outreach initiatives related to the Luna expedition both on land and underwater, including public presentations, media relations, site tours, community involvement, hands-on activities, children’s programs, and diving opportunities. 

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Luna by Land and Sea: Public Outreach at America’s First European Settlement. Nicole Grinnan, Della A Scott-Ireton, Michael B Thomin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435663)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 409