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Date(s) - 03/18/2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Heritage Park & Cultural Center, City of Fort Walton Beach

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In 1559 the Spanish Crown ordered Tristán de Luna to settle Pensacola. Within a month of their arrival disaster struck- a hurricane rocked the colony and sank most of Luna’s fleet carrying the food and supplies. The colony struggled to survive for the next two years, but ultimately it ended in failure. Over the past two decades University of West Florida underwater archaeologists discovered and excavated two vessels from Luna’s sunken fleet. Yet, the location of the settlement on land has evaded historians and archaeologists for decades… until now. In 2015 University of West Florida archaeologists announced they found the location of Luna’s settlement. This talk will reveal the recent discovery of the first multi-year European settlement in the continental United States.

Mike Thomin is the manager of the Destination Archaeology Resource Center. He is also a regular writer for the Unearthing Florida radio program broadcast on NPR member stations across the state of Florida. Mike received his B.A. in history from the University of West Florida and is finishing his M.A. in public history. Mike has spent nearly a decade working in museums and public archaeology, is a Certified Guide with the National Association of Interpretation, and has worked with several organizations on heritage interpretative projects and programs across the state including the Florida Anthropological Society, Florida Division of Historical Resources, Florida State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service.

The presentation will be on Friday, March 18, 2016, at 6:00pminside the Indian Temple Mound Museum main artifact gallery. Heritage Park & Cultural Center is located at 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. For further information, please contact Museum Programming Coordinator Michael Weech at 833-9595 or mweech@fwb.org.

The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center is a community outreach division of the City and is committed to providing area historical educational programming.

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