On this day 450 years ago, St. Augustine was founded by Spanish admiral and Florida’s first governor, Pedro Menendez de Aviles. The city served as capital of Spanish Florida for over 200 years, and remained the capital of East Florida and later the Florida Territory until 1824.
The Castillo de San Marcos located within the city limits of St. Augustine stands today as the oldest fort in the United States. Survivors from the 1715 Fleet disaster made their way to St. Augustine seeking help and assistance following the destruction of that Fleet in a massive hurricane on July 31.
If you have never visited St. Augustine you might want to consider adding this beautiful city to your itinerary. With its wonderful architecture, quaint streets and historic background, St. Augustine has something to offer everyone.
Photo credit: By Historic American Buildings Survey, Heritage Documentation Programs, a division of the U.S. National Park Service http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons