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Photos: Artifacts of a Failed Spanish Colony

Stone Cannonball

Emanuel Point III Artifacts

(Image credit: University of Western Florida)

A diver holds a stone cannonball found at the wreck site of the Emanuel Point II. The Luna expedition occurred only 60 years after Columbus first sailed across the Atlantic, Cook said, and sailors were still perfecting the process: Ships were getting bigger and weapons more complicated. Expeditions were also dealing with relatively new problems like how to preserve food and water for months-long journeys, Cook said.

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