As the weather was starting to cooperate, we managed to go and visit some of the areas that had been on our “to do” list. One of those was a visit to St. Augustine which was also where I used to live and where Marks and I first met – the rest is history (pun intended).
St. Augustine is a city in North East Florida and is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement and port in the continental United States. Commonly known as “Ancient City”, Saint Augustine is located between North East and Central East Florida.
St. Augustine (San Agustin Sp) was founded in September of 1565 by Spanish admiral and Florida’s first governor, Pedro Menendez de Aviles. It served as the capital of Spanish Florida for over 200 years. St. Augustine remained the capital of East Florida when the territory briefly changed hands between Spain and Britain, and it remained the capital of the Florida Territory until it was moved to Tallahassee in 1824. Since the late 19th century, its distinct historical character has made the city a major tourist attraction. It is also the headquarters for the Florida National Guard.
The city is a popular travel destination for its Spanish colonial-era buildings as well as elite 19th-century architecture. The city’s historic center is anchored by St. George Street, which is lined with historic houses from various periods. Most of these houses are reconstructions of buildings that had been burned or demolished over the years, though a few of them are original. It’s a great place to wander around the cobblestone streets admiring historic homes, quaint shops, art galleries and of course restaurants.
Our visit started with a cool and cloudy day. The wind was brisk and it was therefore perfect for walking around taking photographs. Here are some of our memories of St. Augustine as well as a couple of photos we found on Wikipedia dating back to the 1800’s which we thought would be interesting.
You’ll see we took several pictures of the fort located on the shores of Matanzas Bay, called “Castillo de San Marcos”.It is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States and was designed by the Spanish engineer Ignacio Daza. Construction began in 1672, 107 years after the city’s founding by Spanish Admiral and conquistador Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, when Florida was part of the Spanish Empire.
We spent a perfect day wandering around and ended it with a visit to our favorite icecream shop. No pictures included of our indulgences ;) for obvious reasons.
We hope you enjoyed this brief peek into one of the historical sites in the United States. We were unable to find the owners of the photographs from the 1800’s and do not claim any copyright to them.