St. Augustine, Florida ~ Established 1565
(A brief history…) Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon came ashore on the Florida coast near present day St. Augustine and claimed the territory for the Spanish crown. He was credited with the first recorded landing and exploration of the Florida coast. Ponce de Leon was in search of thePonce de Leon St Augustine ellusive “Fountain of Youth,” a fabled water source that was said to bring eternal youth. Ponce de Leon named the peninsula he believed to be an island “La Florida” as he discovered this land during the time of theEasterfeast, or dia de Pascua.
In 1521, Ponce de Leon returned to Florida to establish a Spanish colony but, hostile Native Americans attacked him and his men soon after landing and they all retreated toward the island of Cuba. Ponce de Leon died from a wound suffered during the battle in Florida.
Later on, Phillip II of Spain named Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles Spain’s Governor of Florida. He was instructed to explore and colonize the new territory in the new world. Menendez and his fleet arrived to the new world on August 28, 1565 on the day of feast for St Augustine. After finding that the French had control in the area, eleven days later and during a hurricane, Menendez destroyed the French garrison on the St. Johns River. With opposition out of the way, Spain now had control of the coast of Florida and he went to work establishing the town, the church’s mission to conform, and to continue exploring the territory.
Things to do…
In a place filled with so much history, there is also a plethora of things to do. St. Augustine is no stranger to attractions, tours, hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, bars, shops, and so much more. It’s probably a great idead to begin at the St. Augustine Visitor Information center next to the Municipal parking facility. Everything and anything to do in town will be displayed there, and it’s also a good reference point even if you do not want to purchase any attraction tickets just yet. You will have plenty of opportunities to purchase them around town or you can go straight online and purchase them there at the St. Augustine Attraction Center.
Venture aboard the Captain Jack for a fun filled 60+ minute ghost tour. Experience sights and sounds unseen by any other St Augustine Ghost Boat Tours company in town. Cruise on the waters around the mystical and beautiful Matanzas Bay while your ghost host guides you through some bone chilling and historically accurate ghost stories about St Augustine Fl. Tours depart daily and fill up pretty quick. If you have already done everything in town and are looking for that one memorable trip, check them out today.
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