Time: 5:30 pm til 7:30 pm
Location: Destination Archaeology Resource Center, 207 E. Main Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
Description: Join FPAN staff for the opening reception of our new exhibit "The Elmina Wreck: Maritime Archaeology of West Africa in the Atlantic World" at our Destination Archaeology Resource Center! For the first time, artifacts recovered from the Elmina Wreck off the coast of Ghana, Africa by a team of archaeologists will be on display for public view. The evening reception will include light refreshments.
In 1647, the Dutch West India Company vessel Groeningen anchored off the coast of Ghana, Africa, near Elmina Castle. Trade between Europeans and Africans in the region during that time was mainly carried out using ships like Groeningen and local African watercraft. When it arrived at the “Gold Coast” Groeningen fired five shots as a customary salute. On its fifth shot, a cannon exploded and the ship sank. Over 350 years later, underwater archaeologists located a shipwreck off the coast of Ghana. Called the Elmina Wreck, the ship provided archaeologists a snapshot of the trade and Atlantic world connections between Africans and Europeans centuries ago. Based on several years of field work and research,
archaeologists believe the Elmina Wreck may be the remains of Groeningen.
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FPAN is hosting this event.