New Discoveries Class - Member
Tuesday, October 23, 10:00 – 11:50 am (1 session)
“New Discoveries from the 1559 Colonization Attempt in Pensacola” with Rachael Kangas, MA, RPA
The first European multi-year attempt to settle Florida met a terrible fate. Eleven ships, carrying 1500 soldiers and settlers landed in Pensacola Bay in late August 1559. On Sept. 19, a severe hurricane with strong storm surge swept through the area with devastating destruction. Learn about Don Tristan de Luna's fateful journey, why it failed, and how archaeology and history both help us understand the stories of this attempt at colonization.
Rachael Kangas earned her MA from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2015. She is the Public Archaeology Coordinator for the Southwest Region of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and conducts public archaeology and outreach in the region. She has participated in multiple field seasons in the Americas and has the opportunity to conduct lab work and teach in her role as a Lab Director at UCF’s Archaeology Lab. Her specialties include Florida archaeology, public archeology, ceramic technology and archaeological drawing.