Dr. Eugene Lyon

Dr. Eugene Lyon is arguably the best historian and archival researcher in the nation. Dr. Lyon, along with his protégé Mark Allender, has provided the research used on several of our projects.


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Historian / Archival Researcher

Dr. Eugene Lyon - Historian / Archival Researcher

Dr. Eugene Lyon
Dr. Eugene Lyon
Dr. Eugene Lyon, a Florida native, served in the Korean War aboard the USS Hobson (DMS-26). He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Florida, and is a specialist in the Discovery voyages, Spanish colonial Florida and the Spanish maritime system.

Dr. Lyon's publications include The Enterprise of Florida, The Search for the Atocha, and Pedro Menendez de Aviles, a Sourcebook. The St. Augustine Historical Society Published his book, Richer Than We Thought, and the University of South Carolina Press published Santa Elena: a brief history of the colony. He wrote a monography on Spanish colonial nails. He has written many conference papers, book chapters, and five National Geographic articles. Two of those dealt respectively with the Nuestra Senora de la Atocha and the Santa Margarita. He recovered other featured previously unpublished data on Christopher Columbus's caravel Nina in the Archives of the Indies. He has written two cover articles for National Geographic: the article "Search for Columbus," in January, 1992, and the article "The Manila Galleons", which appeared in September, 1990.

Dr. Lyon directed the St. Augustine Foundation for fourteen years, and carried out microfilming projects in the archives in Spain, Cuba, and Minorca. The foundation holds more than a thousand reels of film of materials related to Spanish Florida. Much of that material has been translated into English for inclusion in accessible data base.

From data in the Archives of the Indies, Lyon enabled Treasure Hunter Mel Fisher to locate and definitively identify the sunken ships Nuestra Senora de la Atocha and Santa Margarita in the lower Florida Keys.

Dr. Eugene Lyon received the grade of Official in the Order of Isabella from King Juan Carlos of Spain, and the grade of Comendador in the Order of Christopher Columbus from the President of the Dominican Republic. The City of St. Augustine granted him its highest honor, the Order of La Florida, and in 2003 the Florida Historical Society gave him the Jillian Prescott Award for lifetime service to Florida history. In 2005, he received the Mel Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award.




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