Emanuel Point III Artifacts
Pieces in the wreckage
"It would have been a pretty nasty place to live," said marine archaeologist Greg Cook.
The loss of the ships, which had many supplies aboard, permanently crippled the effort to establish a colony. The survivors of the hurricane pushed inland but weren't able to establish a permanent settlement. The episode convinced the king of Spain to pull back on colonizing the Gulf of Mexico, Cook said, and future Spanish attempts focused on the East cost.