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St. Augustine

St. Augustine

Courtesy of oldcity.com

Go back in time at St. Augustine, the nation's oldest continually settled city.

History buffs, St. Augustine is for you. Approximately 100 miles north of Orlando lies St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest continually settled city. Founded in 1565 by Spaniard Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, St. Augustine was settled a full 55 years before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and 42 years before Jamestown.

Today, visitors come from around the nation to visit this city. Many historical buildings and attractions remain, one of the most famous being the Castillo de San Marcos, a walled fortress that, when it was built in 1672, encompassed the entire town for protection from English invasions.

The Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum and the Old Augustine Village give visitors a peek at life in the 1740s in St. Augustine. Watch historically dressed blacksmiths, carpenters, wives and soldiers go about their daily activities in the historic village. The tours are self-guided, and the colonial village people will tell stories of typical life in St. Augustine.

Visit the González-Alvarez House, the oldest house in America. It dates back to the early 1700s and has been open for tours since 1893.

A trip to the historical city is not complete without a visit to Fort Mose, which takes its historical significance from another period in time. Fort Mose, founded in 1738, was the first free community of ex-slaves. Before the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in British colonies were given freedom if they could reach Spanish-owned Florida.

For more information about planning a trip to St. Augustine, visit the city website or the National Park Service.

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