Category Archives: St. Augustine

Before Colonization – Who Were The Timucua Indians?

Before Colonization – Who Were The Timucua Indians?

Before European colonizers reached the shores of modern-day Florida, the Timucua Indians occupied the region. They represented the largest indigenous group in the area, with thirty-five different chiefdoms being established that led thousands of people. Timucuan speakers occupied an area of more than 19,200 miles, which consisted of many different and diverse environments, including lakes, […]

The Significance Of The Cathedral Basilica Of St. Augustine In Florida’s History

The Significance Of The Cathedral Basilica Of St. Augustine In Florida’s History

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is the seat of the current Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine and is the oldest Catholic Church in the country. This is where the city of St. Augustine was founded in September 1565, more than a century before many other American towns were ever established. Known as […]

Explorer And Conquistador – Introducing Pedro Menendez de Aviles Of Spain

Explorer And Conquistador – Introducing Pedro Menendez de Aviles Of Spain

In 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles and his men set sail for the New World. King Philip II of Spain, a devout Catholic, ordered his men to sail to Florida to remove the French Protestants from the region. He and his men landed in, what is nowadays St. Augustine, and set off overland to overturn […]

Bold Beginnings – How St. Augustine Became The First City In The United States

Bold Beginnings – How St. Augustine Became The First City In The United States

Long before the pilgrims arrived in Jamestown, the longest-standing permanent European settlement in the modern-day United States had already been founded. In fact, it was founded fifty-five years earlier. Back in September 1565, the history of St. Augustine began with Spanish sailor, soldier, and explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and his men established a settlement […]

The History Of The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine - Florida’s Oldest Catholic Church

The History Of The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine – Florida’s Oldest Catholic Church

The history of St. Augustine dates back to September 1565 when the city was first founded, becoming one of the oldest established cities in the country. Earning its nickname ‘The Ancient City, St Augustine, is renowned for its stunning architecture and the intricately designed facades that punctuate the cobblestone streets of this remarkable city. Undoubtedly, […]

5 Unique Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The History Of St. Augustine

5 Unique Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The History Of St. Augustine

St. Augustine is home to dozens of historical landmarks that help to piece together the interesting history of this city. The city has played host to a number of different people and cultures over the years, evidence of which is still evident through the city’s historical sites today. Native Americans, Spanish settlers, British soldiers, pirates, […]

History Of St. Augustine – A Timeline Of The City’s Most Important Historical Events

History Of St. Augustine – A Timeline Of The City’s Most Important Historical Events

The history of St. Augustine is as interesting and diverse as the people who live there today. As one of the first sites of colonization, and the oldest continuously occupied European settlement, in what would become the United States, St. Augustine has also played an important role in the history of the country. From the […]

St. Augustine and Fort Caroline - Jean Ribault and Pedro Menendez

Exploring The Role Of St. Augustine In The History Of Florida

St. Augustine, Older Than The Plymouth Colony (1565 vs. 1620)

As an important settlement in the early days of colonization in North America (The New World), St. Augustine has played an instrumental part in the history of Florida. In fact, St. Augustine is the oldest settlement in the United States that has been continuously occupied by Europeans. Founded in 1565 by Pedro Menendez, almost 50 years before the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth (1620) the city has been through many interesting ups and downs over the years that are worth knowing about.