Spanish Colonial Heritage Trail
The Florida Spanish Colonial Heritage Trail is a 64-page, full-color guidebook highlighting more than 50 Spanish heritage and historical sites dating from 1513 to 1821. While St. Augustine and Pensacola are landmark areas, Spanish explorations and legacies are reflected in museums, forts, parks, shipwrecks, memorials and churches throughout the state.
Juan Ponce de Leon (1474-1521)
- One of the first European settlement attempts in the United States was Spanish explorer Tristan de Luna's 1559 arrival in what today is Pensacola Bay. In February 2009, HM King Juan Carlos I and HM Queen Sofia of Spain visited Pensacola in honor of Pensacola's 450th Anniversary.
- The 2013 Quincentennial Celebrations to honor the 1513 arrival and exploration of Florida by Juan Ponce de Leon and the 500th Anniversary of Florida.
- St. Augustine's 450th Anniversary in 2015 to acknowledge Pedro Menendez de Aviles' arrival and settlement in 1565.
The Florida Spanish Colonial Heritage Trail was produced by VISIT FLORIDA with funding from the Governor's Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development in cooperation with the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources. For more information on Florida's Spanish Colonial history and cultural heritage visit vivaflorida.org.
- View the Florida Spanish Colonial Heritage Trail online
- Download the Trail Publication (pdf, 7.5 MB)
- Florida's Spanish Colonial History Bibliography
- Discover other Florida Heritage Publications
Published by the Florida Department of State,
Division of Historical Resources.