October 1698 - Two rival expeditions - one French, the other Spanish - were sailing toward a pleasant harbor in the Gulf of Mexico. Neither of them knew about a third rival. But there it was, two little ships outbound from London, bringing Britons who coveted the same sunny southeastern province.
"The Founding of Pensacola: Reasons and Reality,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 37
, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol37/iss3/4