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

St. Augustine on Anastasia Island

 
 
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By James R. Murray, January 5, 2017
1. St. Augustine on Anastasia Island Marker
Inscription. St. Augustine, the oldest European-settled city in the United States, was located on Anastasia Island from 1566 until 1572. Spanish settlers had founded the city on the west shore of the Matanzas River on Sept. 8, 1565. They built homes and a fort. The fort and the supplies inside burned. On May 18, 1566, a council voted to relocate the city to the barrier island across from the first location. St. Augustine moved to the barrier island for protection from hostile Native Americans and European enemies entering the port. Documents describe in detail the city’s 6-year presence on the island—two forts, government barracks, a jail, homes, wells and fields for crops. No physical evidence has yet been found. Quarrying in the 17th and 18th centuries and erosion probably destroyed the remnants of the city on the island. Sixteenth-century reports note that the Island city was two leagues (5-6 miles) from a strong house on the San Julian Creek, placing the city in this general area of high ground and near the 16th-century inlet. The relentless ocean eroded the town’s location. In 1572 St. Augustine returned to the mainland.
 
Erected by St. Augustine Historical Society.
 
Location. 29° 53.131′ N, 81° 17.452′ W. Marker
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By James R. Murray, January 5, 2017
2. St. Augustine on Anastasia Island Marker
is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Anastasia Boulevard (U.S. A1A), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located west of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 883 Anastasia Boulevard, Saint Augustine FL 32080, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lighthouse and Keepers House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sentinels of the Coast (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Spanish Quarries (approx. half a mile away); Davis Shores (approx. one mile away); Mission of Nuestra Señora del Rosario de La Punta (approx. one mile away); The Powder House Lot / St Johns County (approx. 1.1 miles away); Major Dade and His Command Monuments (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dade Pyramids (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Categories. Hispanic AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2017, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 340 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 5, 2017, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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