St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
La Florida’s El Camino Real
In the 1600s, Spanish Florida's Royal Road connected St. Augustine with the missions of North Florida.
From the time St. Augustine was established in 1565, Spanish military and religious authorities began extending their reach beyond the town limits. They developed various modes of transportation between their widely dispersed settlements, which eventually included missions, forts, and ranches.
In the 1680s, Florida Governor Diego de Quiroga y Losada contracted the services of military engineer Enrique Primo de Rivera to build a formal road across north Florida that was suitable for oxcarts.
Although the project was never finished, people and goods continued to flow to and from the capital at St. Augustine, along the main corridor known as the Camino Real.
The missions connected by the camino served as way-stations for travelers. Christianized Indians were responsible for transporting most of the goods and animals overland, and they provided ferry service across the rivers. The trip from St. Augustine to Apalachee Province, near present-day Tallahassee, could take anywhere from four days
Today there are very few remnants of the original Spanish road visible in our state. Our best evidence of the camino comes from historic documents combined with mission archaeology to verify the locations of missions along the route.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 29° 53.276′ N, 81° 18.6′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is on Saint Francis Street west of Marine Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Francis Barracks (here, next to this marker); Saint Augustine’s Oldest House (a few steps from this marker); Four Centuries----Five Flags (a few steps from this marker); Gonzalez-Alvarez House (a few steps from this marker); Tovar House (a few steps from this marker); González-Alvarez House (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Tovar House (within shouting distance of this marker); State Arsenal (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
More about this marker. There is an identical marker located on St. George Street that has already been documented.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.