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In 1565, fifty-five years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock and shortly after a bloody battle with the French in a nearby settlement along St. John's River, Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded St. Augustine in "La Florida," the territory claimed for Spain by explorer Ponce de Leon during his search for the Fountain of Youth in 1513. In the ensuing three hundred and eight years, possession of Florida and St. Augustine bounced back and forth between Spain and England, until finally in 1821, the United States took over.

For more information write: St. Johns County Visitor & Convention Bureau, 88 Riberia Street, Suite 250, St. Augustine, Florida, 32084 or call 1-800-OLD-CITY.




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