Twenty out of twenty-one Spanish Navy ships went down right here on Saturday July 14th, 1733! Here’s what the historical marker (pictured to the left) states happened on that fateful day: “On Friday, July 13th, 1733 the Spanish treasure fleet under the command of General Don Rodrigo de Torres Morrales, sailed from Havana Harbor for Spain. The fleet of 21 ships were loaded with gold and silver from the mint at Cartagena, Peruvian gold and artifacts from Porta Bello and those from the Pacific at Vera Cruz. On the 14th, the armada found itself in a severe hurricane just off the Florida Keys. By the next morning the fleet was scattered from Duck Key to just above Key Largo. Only one ship was still afloat. The remains of four of these galleons, the San Pedro, Lerrie, San Fransisco and Almirance, can be seen today off Lower Matecumbe. This disaster killed hundreds of people and wrecked the Spanish Navy although most of the treasure was recovered.” Wow, 20 out of 21 ships gone within a day of turmoil at sea. Yes, this historical marker looks similar to others found in the Keys but upon its face is the difference that matters written in life lasting bronze.
You can find this historical marker on the left side of US-1 South at Mile Marker 78.5 beside the Ponce de Leon Stood Here one I blogged about last month.