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Pensacola

Gezigt van't Spaansche vlek Pensacola ….
Page from:
Hedendaagsche Historie of Tegenwoordige Staat van America …
Amsterdam: Isaak Tirion, 1769.
HMSF, gift of Mrs. George Deedmeyer, 1974.

Tristán de Luna y Arellano attempted to establish a settlement at Pensacola Bay in 1559. It lasted less than two years.

Many years later, a race to settle Pensacola Bay developed between Britain, France and Spain. In 1598 Captain Juan Jordán de Reina and Colonel Andrés de Arriola established a fort at the entrance to the bay. A garrison town quickly followed. The Spanish had won, for the time being.

In 1743 Frenchman Dominic Serres drew the picture on which this engraving is based. It shows Santa Rosa Island looking south from inside the bay, and is the first eyewitness view of Pensacola.

A few years later, Serres immigrated to England, where he became a well-known seascape painter.

Image no. 1974-056-1

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