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American History: Local History

In addition to the sources below, please see our guide Primary Sources for Local History.

Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano

Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano

Landing of Don Tristán de Luna y Arrelano in Pensacola, August 1559 (by Herbert Rudeen).

One month after the settlement of Pensacola was founded, a hurricane sank most of the ships, still carrying supplies.  Two years later the survivors were rescued by the Spanish and returned to Cuba. 

The area was not settled again by Europeans until 1698, by Spanish forces.

Videos

Luna vs. Galvez: A Matter of Importance 2015 video by Pensacola News Journal (Mike Suchcicki)

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Pensacola History

Primary Sources: Pensacola History (Books on the Web)

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