As I wrote about last week, we are planning to take a trip to Florida, and we leave tomorrow. We are going to visit the in-laws, but we’re also going to visit St. Augustine. Ever since we started visiting Florida, I’ve always wanted to spend a few days exploring the history of this neat city. It has no thrill rides, no audio-animated robots, and no theme parks. Instead, it is an entire community devoted to a single subject, the reconstruction of the first permanent Colonial Spanish town in America. St. Augustine is a kind of Williamsburg South, a collection of authentically restored buildings where people in costume explain and demonstrate Spanish life of the 1700s. St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European established city and the oldest port in the continental United States.
St. Augustine is one of the most historically significant locations in Florida. As Florida’s very first coastal town, it is home to historical attractions, as well as beaches that make it a popular tourist destination for people of all tastes and styles.
Having survived over 430 years, it boasts as the oldest city in the United States. In North American terms, St. Augustine is an ancient city, founded 42 years before even Jamestown was colonized by England, and 55 years before Plymouth Rock saw its pilgrims. I’ll keep you posted with photos and excerpts from our trip in the form of a “virtual field trip”, so you too can share in this historical city.
Never stop learning,