The conquest of America by the Spaniards in the sixteenth century was a momentous event which had profound consequences in world history. Portugal was the leader of the age of exploration during the fifteenth century, but Spain became the principal contender in conquest during the next century. It was she who blazed the trail of European penetration in South, Central and North America. It was she who left the first European footprints on Florida’s soil. It was she who unfurled the first flag over Pensacola Bay, and it was she who planted the first cross, symbol of Christianity, on the shores of that Bay. Hence it was Spain and her soldiers who gave paternity to Pensacola history. To her and to them should go our thoughts during the celebration of the city’s four hundred years.
Arnade, Charles W.
"Tristan De Luna and Ochuse (Pensacola Bay), 1559,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 37:
3, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol37/iss3/3