Bust of Esteban now in St. Petersburg, Florida


A bronze bust of Esteban by the late sculptor John Sherrill Houser will be donated soon to the St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida by author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist James E. MacDougald.
     He is author of the book, The Pánfilo de Narváez Expedition of 1528: Highlights of the Expedition and Determination of the Landing Place, and his research zeroed in on St. Petersburg's Jungle Prada site on Boca Ciega Bay as the place where the first major European expedition entered today's  United States in April 1528.
     The African slave Esteban landed in Florida with the expedition and was one of only four survivors out of more than three hundred who survived the invasion, a crossing in crude, hand-built boats across the Gulf of Mexico, and then a trek across the continent until back in Mexico's Spanish-held territory eight years later.
     The only other U.S. location for public display of the bust is in a community in a predominately African American neighborhood in Texas. 

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