Search on for Florida's First Settlement

Don Tristan de Luna y Arellano is recognized as the founder of the first European settlement in Florida which was established near Pensacola in 1559. The settlement was destroyed by a hurricane two years later. Now, with the 450th anniversary approaching, archaeologists are searching for the site.

All traces of the site have disappeared from the land, but experts have discovered the remains of a ship believed to be from the settlement leading many professional and amateur archaeologists to descend on the area. "We don't call them de Lunatics for nothing," joked April Holmes, a University of West Florida archaeology graduate student.