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St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

First Spanish Muster Site in Florida

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, February 2, 2016
1. First Spanish Muster Site in Florida Marker
Inscription. The first muster of Spanish militiamen in the newly-established presidio (fortified encampment) of St. Augustine took place in September of 1565. During the onset of the San Mateo hurricane Adelantado Pedro Menendez de Aviles assembled 500 regular soldiers to attack the French settlement at Fort Caroline on the St. John's River while the French sailed south towards St. Augustine. Staying behind in the presidio was a group of some 100 civilians including craftsmen, laborers, farmers, priests, wives, and children. Among them, free white men were pressed into military service in accordance with Spanish law to defend the community and protect its supplies against a possible counterattack. Menendez's victory at Fort Caroline helped to secure St. Augustine against further French threat. The Florida National Guard honors September 15, 1565, as the first muster of Florida's militia and therefore the birthdate of the militia in what was to become the United States. St. Augustine is the oldest permanently occupied European settlement in the continental United States.
 
Erected 2015 by The Department of Military Affairs, The Florida National Guard, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-848.)
 
Location. 29° 54.447′ N,
First Spanish Muster Site in Florida Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 2, 2016
2. First Spanish Muster Site in Florida Marker
Fountain of Youth marker can be seen next to this one.
81° 18.981′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Williams Street, on the right when traveling north on Magnolia Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at the entrance to the Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 Magnolia Avenue, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park (here, next to this marker); Gault Street (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The 1910 Mary Peck House (about 700 feet away); The Old St. Johns County Jail (about 800 feet away); Spreading the Wealth Since 1900 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chain Gangs (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mission Nombre de Dios (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nelmar Terrace Historic District (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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