Tag Archives: St Augustine

St Augustine in the Spanish period

San Agustin known today as St Augustine is the oldest permanent European settlement in the continental United States. Founded in 1565, the town was prosperous throughout the 1600’s but fell into decline as did Spanish Florida after the English invasion of 1702. By the time the British invaded again in 1740, San Agustin and Florida […]

Henry Flagler’s St Augustine

In this week’s edition of The Florida History Podcast presented by The Florida Squeeze we begin a two part series on Henry Flagler’s contributions to Florida. In this episode we focus on Flagler’s 1880’s and 1890’s revival of St Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. St Augustine had two eras of massive growth […]

East Florida in the American and French Revolutions – a little remembered history

Editor’s note. We’re re-running this piece which originally ran earlier in the year on July 4, the holiday that celebrates American Independence. As we seek to rekindle an interest in Florida History with our website, this topic seems particularly important in discussions on July 4. We’ve spent a significant amount of time on this site […]

Throwback Thursday: Free blacks help save Florida from Anglo-American domination

For the British in London, knocking Spain out of the war was strategic in a larger global conflict. For the Anglo-American colonists in Georgia and the Carolina’s invading Florida was more about crushing black freedom as well as Catholicism  while extending slavery.  In July 1742, decisive battles between the Spanish and British took place in […]

50th Anniversary of MLK Jr Death: St Augustine and Dr. King

Editors Note: In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  we look back at an article we first ran on the 45th anniversary of Dr, King’s death in April 2013 regarding Dr. King and St Augustine. Today is the 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and […]

50th Anniversary of MLK Jr. Death: A history of political racism in Florida from 1916 onward

This week in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King we will be re-running some select pieces on Civil Rights that we have featured in the five plus years this site has been publishing. The first is a rerun of a 2017 piece. Editors note: With the recent legislative […]