Dr. John de Bry

Dr. John de Bry is a Director of the 1715 Fleet Society and paleographer specializing in sixteenth through eighteenth-century French, Spanish and English manuscripts. He has conducted extensive research in French, Cuban and English repositories for over two decades.

As an historical archaeologist, Dr de Bry has also participated in a number of field excavation projects in the U.S., the Caribbean, South America and the Philippines. He holds a Master of Arts degree in History and a Doctorate in Post-Medieval History.

John de Bry mid-1960’s searching near a 1715 Fleet Wreck site


Currently, Dr. de Bry is the Director of the Center for Historical Archaeology which is a non-profit scientific organization based in Melbourne Beach, Florida. The Center provides archival research in French, English and Spanish archives, underwater wreck sites assessment and dating and cultural analysis. Dr. de Bry has written extensively on archaeological subjects and was involved in early recovery efforts on the 1715 Fleet wreck sites.

Dr. de Bry was a featured speaker at the 1st International Conference on the 1715 Fleet held in Vero Beach in July 2015 and at the 2nd International Conference on the 1715 Fleet held at Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida in March 2017. He is scheduled to speak at the 3rd International Conference which is scheduled for March 2020 in Havana, Cuba. His help and support made these conferences a success.

Dr. de Bry’s focus as a Director of the Fleet Society will be Archaeology and Archival Research.

Currently, he resides in Melbourne Beach, Florida with his wife Nancy.

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