January, 1528: Expedition of Panfilo de Narvaez sails from Spain with 300 colonists to settle Florida and search for gold

Alvar Nunez Cabez de Vaca and three other survivors of the Narvaez expedition left Apalachee Bay, Florida, in hastily constructed boats after a failed expedition into the interior. They followed the gulf shore west, probably passing through the Mississippi Sound, but the Mississippi River mouth pushed them out into the Gulf where a hurricane separated them and sank some of their boats.

More about: