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

Don Pedro Menéndez de Aviles

1519 - 1574

 
 
Don Pedro Menéndez de Aviles Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
1. Don Pedro Menéndez de Aviles Memorial
Inscription. (Front):
Illustrious son of Aviles, Spain
Governor and Captain General, Conquistador,
Adelantado in Perpetuity of Florida.
Founded St. Augustine September 8, 1565
* * * * * * * * * *
Statue was a gift of the people of the city of
Aviles, Spain to the people of St. Augustine.
* * * * * * *
Formal dedication ceremonies held September 8, 1972
Attended by distinguished delegations from
Spain and the United States

(Left Side):
Parque de Menéndez
dedicated by the city commision
of
St. Augustine, Florida
and
the Ambassador of Spain to the U.S.
Menéndez Day Ceremony
February 15, 1978

(Right):
In the three hundred and fiftieth year
after the death of
Pedro Menendez
de Aviles

Conquistador and Adelantado
of Florida
founder of
the City of Saint Augustine
The Ambassador of the United States of America to the Court of Spain, Alexander P. Moore, together with Messers Angel L. Cuesta, John B. Stetson, Jr., A.M. Taylor, Obe P. Goode, Frederick S. Vaill, Frank W. Nix, Edward G. Vaill, W.A. MacWilliams and Robert M. Scott, representing the State of Florida, the City of Saint Augustine, the Florida State Historical Society, the Florida Historical Society, and the Historical Society of Saint Augustine
Front Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
2. Front Plaque
who crossed the Atlantic Ocean for this purpose, joined with the inhabitants of the City of Aviles in honoring the Governor of Florida and founder of Saint Augustine, the illustrious son of this his native city, by taking part in the exercises of remembrance and in the translation of his mortal remains to their new resting place in the Church of San Nicolas, on the August 8,9, and 10 A.D. 1924 and in memory of him this honored they have caused to be erected this tablet setting forth thereby their grateful acknowledgement of the debt owed by the New World to Spain for the civilization, culture and progress contributed to Florida and to the Republic of the United States of America
Erected by the City of Saint Augustine
Founded by Pedro Menendez de Aviles
on September 8, 1565
1574 Anno Domini 1924

 
Erected 1972 by City of Aviles, Spain.
 
Location. 29° 53.5′ N, 81° 18.847′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of King Street and Cordova Street, on the right when traveling east on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Alcazar Hotel (a few steps from this marker);
Left Side Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
3. Left Side Plaque
Alcazar Hotel / City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Ponce De Leon Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Wing Loring (about 300 feet away); Tolomato Street (about 300 feet away); Rosario Redoubt (about 300 feet away); Villa Zorayda (about 400 feet away); Prisoners of War in St. Augustine During the American Revolution (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Also see . . .  Pedro Menéndez de Aviles. Wikipedia biography. One of the illustrations is a memorial, with statue, honoring Menendez in his home city of Aviles Spain. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
Right Side Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
4. Right Side Plaque
This plaque apparently has a history of its own to tell, associated with a previous honoring of Pedro Menendez.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 734 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 11, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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