Florida History

in  3D
Spanish Plate Fleet Wrecks
A diver examines El Infante, which was wrecked during the Spanish Plate Fleet disaster of 1733.

About the Project

Florida History in 3D combines archaeology, history, and innovation to bring artifacts to you in a fun, interactive, and educational format. Using state of the art three-dimensional photogrammetry techniques, you can discover and learn about artifacts normally only seen in museums. Artifacts in the State of Florida’s collections facility belong to the people of the state, and Florida History in 3D brings these unique historical artifacts and their stories to you on your computer or mobile device at any time, from almost anywhere. Begin your adventure now!

Illustration of a miquelet trabuco, a type of flintlock firearm, from the 1715 Spansih Plate Fleet.

History of the Spanish Plate Fleets

The Spanish Plate Fleets lost off of the coast of Florida have long evoked awe and fascination. Named the “Plate Fleets” for the plata (silver) coins they carried, the remains of these fleets weave an archaeological tale of international trade, colonialism, piracy, high seas adventure, and tragedy. Beyond the gold and silver that was scattered on the sea floor, the wrecks of the Plate Fleets provide insight into the economy of the Spanish empire and maritime culture of the 18th century.

A 17th century map of the Gulf of Mexico, showing Florida, Mexico, and the islands.

Explore Florida

There are many opportunities to learn more about the Spanish Plate Fleets and Florida history in person. Please explore some of the following museums that Florida has to offer.