Walk Our Paths: St. Augustine
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Recognizing the first governor of Florida, this monument stands before the historic Alcazar hotel, built by Henry Flagler in 1888.
The earliest known residents of this historic house, their residency dating from the mid-1700s, were Tomas Gonzales y Hernandez and Maria Francisco de Guevara.
When Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles first viewed the Florida coastline, the date was August 28th, the feast day of Saint Augustine of Hippo. Serving as the oldest Catholic parish within the present-day United States, this cathedral was completed in 1797, but damaged by fire in 1887.
This hotel was the first major building made of poured concrete in the United States and became Flagler College in 1968.
James Oglethorpe, founder of the English colony of Georgia, attacked St. Augustine in 1740 but failed to break through the city's defenses.
Historians credit this Spanish explorer with the first recorded landing and exploration of the Florida coastline for Europeans in 1513. Eight years later he returned to Florida for further exploration, but was injured in a Native American attack. He died after retreating to Cuba.
Catholic residents of St. Augustine were buried at Tolomato Cemetery while Huguenots, or non-Catholic Protestants were buried here.
Scottish physician Andrew Turnbull brought hundreds of southern Europeans to his plantation south of St. Augustine to grow hemp, sugarcane, and indigo. Atrocious living conditions caused these indentured servants to abandon the plantation and seek refuge in St. Augustine. Greek colonists gathered for worship here, in the Avero House.
General William Wing Loring began his military career at the age of 14 in Florida's Seminole War. After losing an arm in the U.S. war with Mexico, he served the Confederate Army throughout the Civil War. After the South's loss, he traveled to Egypt where he served as general under Isma'il Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt. He published the book, A Confederate Soldier in Egypt.
This Catholic leader was born in Havana, but grew up in St. Augustine with his grandfather who was the commander of military forces in Spanish Florida. He later returned to Cuba where he was given a death sentence for his ideas about Latin American independence and the end of slavery. He spent the rest of his life in New York City.
This star-shaped fort is built from coquina quarried on nearby Anastasia Island. It was used to incarcerate Seminole, Apache, and southern Cheyenne during their conflicts with the United States in the late 1800s.
After the first mass of St. Augustine was spoken in this location, Spanish settlers and local Timucuan celebrated a meal of Thanksgiving together. The Timucuan later provided conquistador Menendez with information for overthrowing the French at nearby Fort Caroline.
Constructed of red cedar and cypress, this edifice is billed as the oldest wooden schoolhouse in the United States.
Along with the Greeks, the Minorcans came as indentured servants for Dr. Andrew Turnbull, but instead of receiving land grants, experienced heat and humidity, mosquitoes and insect-borne diseases, no shelter or sanitation, lack of food, and cruel treatment. 450 died throughout the first year.
In 1702, British pirate Robert Searles burned all buildings in St. Augustine with the exception of Castillo de San Marcos. Residents rebuilt this structure with coquina stone quarried on Anastasia Island. The building became a military barracks when the British gained control of Florida in 1763 after the Seven Years' War.
The Catholic Church honors this saint on May 1st.