The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, FL is pleased to present a new display in its Rotating Exhibit area beginning January 7 thru March 11, 2012 entitled “For God and Gold – Spanish Exploration in Florida”. This exhibit has an incredible collection of replicated artifacts dating back to the 16th century as well as their history as researched by local historian, Lester Dailey.
This exhibit explores the life of the earliest settlers here in Florida beginning shipboard and continuing on to life on the shores. Weapons such as an armored breastplate, spiked war club and various swords and knives will be featured along with everyday time era replicated pieces used in their daily life – such as cooking pots, hand carvings, mugs, clothing and other items used by these early day explorers.
Much of Florida’s history is outlined throughout this exhibit including the arrival of Hernando DeSoto in 1540. Information is also provided on Pedro Menendez de Aviles, founder of St. Augustine in 1565. It is thought he moved into the Tampa Bay area two years later, establishing a colony on the East Side of the Pinellas Peninsula in Philippe Park, which is also known as “The Lost Colony”.
Take an in depth look at the early history of the Tampa Bay area at the Armed Forces History Museum with this incredible Rotating Exhibit – For God and Gold.