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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 archeological find, the two ships that sank during a hurricane, about five weeks after landing on what’s now Santa Rosa Island, have yielded a treasure trove of information about 16th century colonial expeditions, life aboard ships and naval architecture.

Leading the project is underwater archaeologist Roger Smith, who told the director of the state Division of Historical Resources that surveying for shipwrecks off Pensacola would be part of building a new underwater archaeology program.

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An illustration of the first Emanuel Point shipwreck, in what is now Pensacola Bay (John Locator/Special to The Pulse)

An illustration of the first Emanuel Point shipwreck, in what is now Pensacola Bay (John Locator/Special to The Pulse)

 

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