OLDEST CITY -
Jun 08, 2004
guess I can cross one more item from my list of noteworthy, must visit destinations. My
day-trip to St. Augustine, which is just two hours from where I live, was
the high-point of my Memorial Day weekend. The town (its hardly a city,
if I may call a spade, a spade)
had something to offer both on and off the beach, which I am beginning to
believe, is rather rare in the state of Florida.
place definitely has a lot to offer - The Oldest School, The Oldest House,
The Oldest Shop, The Oldest Jail etc. I did not visit them all of course. Castillo de San Marcos and the
St. Augustine Lighthouse are definitely worth the time though.
usual I took my camera with me. Here are the results.
St. Augustine Photos ::
St. Augustine is the oldest city in America. Maybe. But that series of firsts
doesn't end there. Guess what? It doesn't really start there either!
Columbus set out to discover the New World as early as
1492. He landed in
the Bahamas, on the island on San Salvador on 12th Oct. 1492. He then went
back and forth between Spain and many other islands in the West Indies.
14th Aug. 1559, Don Tristan de Luna led some 1400 Spanish explorers to what
is known today, as Pensacola on the Gulf coast of Florida. Their settlement
perished in a hurricane just two years later.
Pedro Menendez di Aviles landed in St. Augustine on 28th Aug. 1565, six
years after the settlement at Pensacola. However, St. Augustine is still
regarded today as the oldest "surviving" settlement in America.
two years later, in the year 1607, some hundred odd English men landed on
the coast of Virginia's James River, forming what is known as the Jamestown
Settlement. This was the first permanent English settlement in the New
World. However, it is commonly referred to as "the first
thirteen years later, in 1620, the Pilgrims landed on a rock at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
rest is history.