“Had to see the shipwreck for myself, and it was pretty darn amazing! Today I got to see and touch a piece of history that’s been hidden beneath the ocean where I’ve played all my life (kids too)! It was especially moving since our Florida roots date back to the 1700s and I often think of our ancestors who immigrated here on wooden ships, maybe like this one.
This is (possibly) dated around the time that the largest group of European settlers immigrated to America: in April 1768, 8 ships sailed from Menorca, Spain to New Smyrna carrying apprx. 1400 Menorcan settlers to the New World (my Menorcan roots!). After years of indentured servitude, those remaining migrated to St. Augustine and eventually called (what’s now) Ponte Vedra Beach home. My grandmother (a Mickler) said she and her siblings used to find Spanish doubloons washed ashore at Mickler’s landing when she was a child, probably from a ship wreck offshore. Who knows when and where this ship actually came from, but it’s incredible to think of what came before us.”
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