Ship wreck found off Florida
A French ship- had they not been sunk by a storm, Florida may very well have a very different history. French, instead of Spanish.
Treasure hunters have apparently found the 500-year-old remains of a naval expedition led by a colonizer who could have changed Florida's history, making it French-speaking at least for a while.
The big question is if the shipwreck is that of "La Trinite," the 32-gun flagship of a fleet led by Jean Ribault, a French navigator who tried to establish a Protestant colony in the southeast US under orders from King Charles IX.
They probably are, say authorities in Florida, the French government and independent archeologists.
And if they in fact are, this is an unparalleled find, said John de Bry, director of the Center for Historical Archeology, a not-for-profit organization.
"If it turns out to be 'La Trinite,' it is the most important, historically and archaeologically, the most important shipwreck ever found in North America," he told AFP.
All indications are that the shipwreck found is the real thing.
Although, I think they mean Catholic; not Protestant.
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