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Record Group Number: 000155
Series/Collection Number: .S 2301
Creator: Florida. Dept. of State.  --Division of Historical Resources.
Title, Dates: Copies of Spanish fleet expedition records, 1554-1743.
Amount: 15 microfilm reels
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Organization/Arrangement: Unarranged.
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Biographical/Historical:     The Division of Historical Resources was created in 1986 (Ch. 86-183, Laws), assuming some of the functions of the Division of Archives, History and Records Management.  The Division is mandated to preserve and protect Florida's history.  The Division includes the Bureau of Historic Preservation, the Bureau of Archaeological Research and the Director's Office. 

    The Director's Office is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, directing, coordinating and evaluating the statewide program of historical resource preservation and includes three sections, Division Operations, the Public Lands Liaison Office and The Grove.  The Bureaus of Historic Preservation and Archaeological Research assist in protecting and documenting the state's historic buildings, properties and archaeological sites. 

    The Bureau of Historic Preservation manages a grants-in-aid program to help preserve and maintain Florida's historic buildings and archaeological sites; coordinates the State Historic Markers program and the Florida Main Street Program; oversees the National Register of Historic Places program for Florida; maintains an inventory of the state's historical resources in the Florida Master Site File; assists applicants in federal tax benefit and local government ad valorem tax relief programs for historic buildings; and reviews the impact that development projects may have on significant historic resources.  The bureau also administers the Florida Folklife Program aimed at identifying, evaluating, preserving and interpreting the historic and cultural resources of the state.

    The Bureau of Archaeological Research is responsible for the state's archaeology program.  The bureau's archaeologists carry out archaeological surveys and excavations throughout the state, primarily on state-owned lands; maintain records on historical resources that have been recorded; and assist consultants and planners in protecting sites.  The state's Underwater Archaeology Program includes not only historic shipwreck sites but also pre-Columbian sites in underwater contexts.  The Bureau also manages Mission San Luis, a 60-acre world-class archaeological site and the only reconstructed Spanish mission in the Southeast.

Summary:     This series contains microfilm of original correspondence, reports and inventories regarding the expeditions of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and Santa Margarita of 1622, and the 1715 and 1733 Spanish fleets.  Each of these fleets were struck by hurricanes during their expeditions and wrecked along the coast of Florida.  The copies of the original materials date between 1554 and 1743.

    The copies of documents relating to the 1715 Spanish Fleet were researched by Dr. John de Bry, Director of the Center of Historical Archaeology.
Finding Aids: Microfilm listing available in Reference Room finding aid and case file.
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Location of Originals/Duplicates: Originals located at Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain).
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Subject Access Fields: Florida. Dept. of State.
Florida. Dept. of State.  --Division of Historical Resources.
Bureau of Archaeological Research
Shipwrecks Florida.
Underwater archaeology Florida.
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