Pensacola's Colonial Archaeological Trail

First Spanish Period, British Period, Second Spanish Period (1752 - 1821)

Downtown Pensacola, Escambia County

The Colonial Archaeological Trail presents evidence of the forts and buildings that existed in downtown Pensacola between 1752 and 1821. During this period the structures were occupied by Spanish, British, and American Soldiers. The Colonial Archaeological Trail is a collection of outdoor exhibits, revealing the rich deposits of colonial history and archaeology in the heart of downtown Pensacola. The open excavation pits reveal just a sample of the fascinating history awaiting archaeologists in downtown Pensacola right beneath your feet!

Did You Know...

  • Fort George, along with two other outworks, or redoubts, was the principal defense for British Pensacola during the American Revolutionary War.
  • Although water was available from nearby creeks outside the fort walls, colonial settlers tainted them from over use. Wells were constructed for soldiers within the fort walls to provide better security and survival.
  • The land between Plaza Ferdinand VII and Seville Square was first occupied by the Spanish in 1754, who built Fort San Miguel in 1757. These two public parks were the original Spanish parade grounds beyond the east and west sides of the fort walls.

Historic Pensacola Website


330 South Jefferson Street
Pensacola, FL 32502