Tirion, Isaac (1705-1769)


This panoramic image was produced by Tirion with a date 1758. An earlier one was drawn by Domingo Serres in 1743 and published in Roberts: Account of Florida, London, 1763. Another copy was published by Thomas Jefferys in 1763.

The title reflects the Spanish attempts to re-settle Pensacola. They had made an attempt to settle it in 1559 by sending Tristan de Luna y Arellano as head of an expedition to the area with 500 soldiers and 1000 civilians. The trip was delayed by storms and divided, some going to Mobile Bay and others proceeding to Pensacola (called Ochuse Bay) to establish a settlement and benefit by the rumored riches of the adjacent areas. Further storms and absence of riches caused the settlement to fail and it was abandoned in 1561. This would have been the first European settlement in Florida but, like previous failures by Ponce de Leon, Narvaez and de Soto, it was not destined to be. The next Spanish attempts at Pensacola would be in the 1700s. This panoramic view shows the second settlement 1686.

The name "Pensacola" came from a small Indian tribe that inhabited the area.


Image scanned from an original map in a private collection.

References: Tooley (2003, 2004), Tebeau, Griffen.

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