Copper Cooking Vessel

Date:
1550s

This large pitcher, found in the galley section of the ship, was probably used for cooking or heating liquids. The large flared base would have efficiently collected heat for cooking while also lowering the center of gravity, making it more stable and less likely to tip over while at sear. The small mouth has a slight indentation opposite the handle, forming a spout for pouring. Mineralogical testing indicates the interior was probably lined or coated with tin.

Crossbow Points From The De Luna Expedition

Description (physical):

Small arms called by the soldiers in the De Luna Expedition included crossbows that shot bolts tipped with sharp copper points. These points were most likely made in the New World, as European crossbow points were usually made of iron.

Stone Cannon Ball

Cannon balls hand-carved of stone were common because stone was less expensive than iron or lead. Stone balls also conserved gunpowder by requiring less of a charge, and being comparatively soft, caused more damage to troops, sails, and rigging as they often shattered upon impact, creating shrapnel.

Aztec Pottery Found In Florida

Date:
C. 1400s-1500s

On August 15, 1559, Spanish conquistador Tristán de Luna and his 1,400 person expedition arrived in Pensacola Bay. Luna brought over 100 Aztec warriors to protect the expedition against European rivals on the high seas, promising freedom for the warriors' families in Mexico. A hurricane on September 19 doomed the mission, as many of the supply ships sank, including the ship carrying the Aztec pottery.

Location:
120 Church Street, Pensacola FL, 32502
Institution:
Historic Pensacola Village
credits:
T.J. Wentworth Museum
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