DAR dedicates historic marker at Battleship Park

Mobile County

Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) — Mary Ruth Andrews with the Daughters of the American Revolution joins us to talk about an event happening on May 11th.  That will be at 9:30 AM at Battleship Park.  Here’s a look at our conversation:

Chad:  What is coming up this weekend at Battleship Park?

Guest: Dedication of historical marker in honor of Tristan de Luna donated by the Tristan de Luna Chapter National Daughters of the American Revolution on the occasion of its 75th Anniversary in association with the 200 Bicentennial celebration of the State of Alabama.

Chad:  who was Tristan de Luna y Arellano?

Guest:  A Spanish conquistador sent from Mexico (New Spain) in 1559 to establish a settlement on the northern shore of The Gulf if Mexico with a large contingent (over 1500) soldiers, colonists, horses, and 11 ships. Deciding that the area of Mobile Bay was not a good harbor, he sailed east to Ochuse (Pensacola Bay) where a temporary settlement was established. He eventually returned to Mobile Bay Area near  Bon Secour on the southeastern shore where he had landed originally.

Chad:  How does this commemoration connect to DAR?

Guest:  DAR chapter was founded in 1944 and named for him in honor of his attempt to establish a settlement on Mobile Bay.

Chad:  What is the importance of next Saturday’s event to the community?

Guest:  Education of the public and preservation of the history of this attempted settlement which predated the settlement at St. Augustine, Florida.


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