Sir Frances Drake and the 1586 English raid on St Augustine

Sir Frances Drake, a famous figure in English history raided St Augustine in May 1586. The Spanish settlement was destroyed as Drake attacked Florida in the midst of the Anglo-Spanish War. Two years later Drake would be among the English commanders in the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Drake’s raid had major impacts as the Spanish crown decided to consolidate it’s Florida settlement at St Augustine, abandoning points north. It also led to a greater fortification of the town, which led into the 1600’s, a time when St Augustine was one of the most prosperous settlements in what is now the United States. On this week’s Florida History Podcast we discuss Drake’s raid on St Augustine.

By State Library and Archives of Florida –, Public Domain,

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