Islamorada – Keys History & Discovery Center Presents…History is the Real Treasure: The 1733 Spanish Galleon Trail, a lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 5-7 p.m., at Keys History & Discovery Center on the property of the Islander Resort, MM 82 oceanside, Islamorada. Lectures are free for museum members. Cost for non-members is now only $10, thanks in part to grant funding and individual contributions. Reservations are recommended.

Join Archaeologist Della Scott-Ireton as she talks about the Spanish plate fleet of 1733 that wrecked in a violent hurricane along 80 miles of the Florida Keys. With the discovery of the first shipwreck in the late 1940s and the growth of scuba diving in the 1950s and ’60s enabling treasure hunters to locate most of the rest of the fleet, these wrecks suffered from haphazard digging and the loss of much information. Today, these shipwrecks are among the oldest artificial reefs in the Keys. This presentation describes a State of Florida project to record and interpret the 1733 fleet wrecks that resulted in the production of a booklet and website devoted to telling the story of the fleet disaster and to promoting the archaeological importance of the sunken ships as tangible remains of our maritime heritage.

Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Reservations should be made at 305-922-2237 or contact us here
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