Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

Rick Scott selects shipwreck artifacts for governor's mansion

Nuestra Senora de Atocha and Santa Margarita

From NBC Miami

The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is currently conserving the pieces from Nuestra Senora de Atocha and Santa Margarita.

Gov. Rick Scott visited a Key West museum Friday to select shipwreck artifacts to be displayed in the Governor’s Mansion this month, the Florida Keys News Bureau announced.

The artifacts, currently conserved at Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, were salvaged from 16th and 17th century Spanish shipwrecks off the Florida Keys and the Bahamas.

They are expected to be exhibited at the mansion during National Hispanic Heritage Month, the bureau said.

"Part of the history of Florida is all the treasure ships, what Mel Fisher did, the ships that were coming back and forth from Spain," he said.

"My wife has opened up the mansion to a lot more children coming through, and it's a way for them to learn a lot more about the history of the state."

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