In 2015 St Augustine celebrated it's 450th year birthday. The city was filled with excitement when King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain visited the city for the big birthday celebration. They toured historical sites in the once owned Spanish Colony before making a public speech in both English and Spanish from the Governor's House in the city center.
It's been over 450 years since St. Augustine became America's first permanent European settlement. Just stepping onto St. George Street you feel the hands of time swing back hundreds of years from when Ponce de Leon searched for the Fountain of Youth and Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles named the city. Still to this day you'll find decedents of early explorers and Minorcans. Tourists sharing rides in horse-drawn carriages traveling the cobblestone streets in the Old Spanish Quarter, with ears and eyes focused, are eager to learn about the history of the old city
St. Augustine is the nation's oldest city. It's purpose was to become a military outpost and a base for Catholic
missionary settlements. The British tried several times to take over the city. Forts were built to protect the
city from British seize. The first of these was the Castillo de San Marcos.
When the British, led by General Oglethorpe, were unsuccessful in taking over St. Augustine, they
burned the city down. Castillo de San Marcos was the only structure standing. The city was also protected
from the south with the building of Fort Matanzas located at the mouth of the Matanzas River. The northern defense
of the city was Fort Mose, the first legal settlement for ex-slaves, which also played a major role in the
underground railroad. Today, the forts are open to visitors.
See the Fun in St. Augustine page for further information.
Not only is St Augustine for the history buffs, it is also for the sun and surf lovers. It is a beach city surrounded by
water. The Atlantic Ocean, intracoastal, salt run, marsh and rivers that surround the city are full of wildlife, fishing
and fun. St Augustine is located in St. Johns County which has 42 miles of beaches, from Ponte Vedra Beach in the
northern part of the county, to the beaches of Anastasia Island and Crescent Beach in the south, all without high-rise
condominiums blocking your view of the ocean. The area offers plenty of water for beach going, surfing, boating,
kayaking and whatever other water sports that you enjoy.
Trivia: Did you know that Spanish St. Augustine is one of only three walled cities ever constructed in North America? The other two are Charleston, South Carolina (by the British) and Quebec City, Canada (French).
Come to St. Augustine, Florida and take a look for yourself.
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