Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Florida was a colony of Spain from shortly after Columbus arrived in the new world until right after the American revolution. Spain considered Florida very important because, as treasures from the western hemisphere left Cuba, ships returning to Spain traveled north to catch the Gulf Stream. These ships turned eastward at St. Augustine and many of the artifacts from the Spanish era have been recovered from shipwrecks along the coast of Florida. Here are some pictures of gold coins and artifacts recovered from some of the shipwrecks and displayed at the Museum of Florida History in downtown Tallahassee. My favorite item, a gold glove tray, is shown in the first picture. The second picture shows some centuries old gold coins and the third picture is a closeup of one of the coins. This exhibit is very popular with the school kids apparently. I had to dodge excited kids running all over the place pointing and talking about ships and pirates. I highly recommend clicking on these pictures to enlarge them and get a better view of this beautiful gold. It's amazing!