St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Minorcan Heritage
Death and hardship became their lot and after nine years they abandoned the New Smyrna community. Granted sanctuary by British authorities in St. Augustine, those able walked the long, weary miles northward in the hot summer of 1777.
Here they settled on land south of the Castillo de San Marcos. Some engaged themselves as tradesmen, others took up farming and many fished in the bountiful ocean waters. This area became home to generations of Minoricans to follow.
When Spain regained Florida in 1784, the Minorcans cast their fortunes with the new regime and stayed in St. Augustine when Florida joined the United States in 1821. Gradually they lost their native languages, but even today the special foods and traditional religious celebrations the Minorcans brought with them remain a colorful part of the city's heritage.
"They came here, they toiled here, they suffered many pains, they lived here, they died here, the left singing names."
Steven Vincent Benet (Minorcan descendant)
Location. 29° 53.786′ N, 81° 18.799′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on St. George Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. St. George Street is closed to vehicle traffic. 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. La Florida's El Camino Real (a few steps from this marker); Casa Avero (a few steps from this marker); Rodriguez-Avero-Sanchez House (within shouting distance of this marker); Rodriquez-Avero-Sanchez House (within shouting distance of this marker); Oliveros House (within shouting distance of this marker); A Microcosm of Urban Archaeology in Downtown St. Augustine, Florida (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Salcedo House (about 300 feet away); Casa de Nicolas de Ortega (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . .
1. Minorcans in St. Augustine. (Submitted on September 3, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Florida Memory Blog: Dr. Andrew Turnbull and the Origins of New Smyrna Beach. This article offers more detail of the Minorcan settlers' story, as well as photos showing food, crafts, and other elements of Minorcan traditions which have been passed down through generations of their descendants and remain alive in Florida today. (Submitted on May 16, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 445 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on April 13, 2014. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.