Welcome to St. Augustine...
three years after Columbus sailed to America, another Spanish admiral,
Pedro Menéndez de Aviles, landed in Florida and established
a colony among the Timucua Indians. He named it St. Augustine on
September 8, 1565. The settlement was already forty two years old
when Jamestown was founded, and has survived until today as the
oldest European town in the United States. Over the two turbulent
centuries between St. Augustine's founding and the departure of
the Spaniards in 1763, the city was home to Spaniards, criollos
(people of Spanish ancestry born in America), Indians, Africans
and mixed blood people. Together they created a lively multi-cultural
and multiethnic society that was unique in colonial North America.
Much of St. Augustine's history has been uncovered through archaeology
in the homesites of its colonial residents, and a great deal of
what we know about their often difficult daily lives comes directly
from the excavated objects that people made, used, lost and discarded
over the centuries. We invite you to meet some of those people,
and to join us as we trace life and society in Spanish St. Augustine
through their artifactual "words from the earth".
This exhibit was funded in part with historic preservation grant
assistance provided by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Florida
Department of State, assisted by the Historic Preservation Advisory
Council. Additional funds were provided by the Florida Museum of
Natural History at the University of Florida.
of Natural History
|Historic St. Augustine
at Flagler College
|Florida Department of State
||City of St. Augustine