The archeological site of the Luna colony on Pensacola Bay has not been found. We are conducting an archeological survey to locate remains of that settlement.
Two Spanish expeditions came deep into the interior of the current Southeastern United States during the 1500s; Hernando de Soto in 1539 and Tristan de Luna in 1559.
It was hypothesized in the early 1980s that a recently reported aboriginal mound and village site (1Ds72) in Dallas County, Alabama, might be a contact site of the sixteenth century Spanish expedition of Hernando de Soto (1539-42) (figure 1) (Curren, Little, Lankford 1981).
On the eve of Alabama statehood, a large stone engraved with Latin inscriptions was found in the forest near Tuscaloosa.
Several years ago, prior to current laws regarding human remains, collectors at site 1Ds1 found a sixteenth century brass candlestick.
The recent discovery of a Spanish map dating to the 1500’s may shed light on one of the longest-lived mysteries in the archeology of the Southeast. The map has led to the development of a testable hypothesis concerning a possible campsite on Mobile Bay of the 1559 Tristan de Luna expedition to the northern Gulf Coast.