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San Agustín and Ponce de León (Florida)

San Agustín and Ponce de León


St. Augustine is the oldest inhabited city in the U.S., still leaving some traces of its past as the Castillo de San Marcos or Mission Nombre de Dios. When Ponce de Leon discovered Florida, he could not have imagine how disputed this territory would be.
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  •  15-02-2016
  •  1h 10' to 1h 40' 
  • Version : 6 
  •  Caesar 
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San Agustín

San Agustín was founded in 1565 by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, and subsequently served as the capital of Spanish Florida. The Nation's Oldest City is rich with over 400 years of history and culture. Although Ponce de León discovered Florida...

Mission Nombre de Dios

This is the place where Pedro Menendez de Avilés and his men landed is called the Mission of Nombre de Dios, in English God's Name, belonging to the Catholic Church. It is regarded as the holiest place in North America, being the first in the U.S....

Juan Ponce de León

His full name was Juan Ponce de León y Figueroa, this Spaniard born in the lands of Castilla in 1460. The two main events that he left to the History have been the conquest of Puerto Rico and the discovery of Florida. He was of noble descent, being page of...

Castillo de San Marcos

The Castillo de San Marcos was probably one of the nine forts protecting the city but in the first stage, they were made of wood. In 1668 the English pirate Robert Searle attacked the town by what was thought to build a stronger fortification, being...

History of the castle

In 1670, the British founded Charles Town, now known as Charleston, South Carolina. In 1702 British troops attempted to force the conquest of the city of St. Augustine. The 1200 citizens resisted the attacks two months inside the castle, with a garrison of...

Inside the castle

If we enter inside we see a large courtyard with little buildings leaned against the walls, these were the rooms of the units of the garrison of the castle and where they kept all the necessary material. Even there is a small chapel. On entering we saw...

How firing a cannon?

Shooting a cannon was not a simple task involving a fixed number of steps that the artillerymen had run mechanically. They could not skip any of them because there was risk of explosion of the cannon or ammunition due to recklessness. Therefore the...

Fort Matanzas

This construction is smaller than the Castillo de San Marcos, occupying about 200 acres, less than half a square kilometer. Its building is dated to the mid eighteenth century and the reason to get up in this area was to protect St. Augustine helping...
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