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Saint Augustine, City of Historic Lights

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 St. Augustine Lighthouse

King Phillip II of Spain named Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Spain's most experienced admiral, Governor of Florida, and instructed him to explore and to colonize the territory. When Menendez arrived off the coast of Florida, it was August 28, 1565, the Feast Day of St. Augustine. Eleven days later, he and his 600 soldiers and settlers came ashore at the site of the Timucuan Indian village of Seloy with banners flying and trumpets sounding. He hastily fortified the fledgling village and named it St. Augustine.

Utilizing brilliant military maneuvers, Menendez destroyed the French garrison on the St. Johns River and, with the help of a hurricane, also defeated the French fleet. With the coast of Florida firmly in Spanish hands, he then set to work building the town, establishing missions to the Indians for the Church, and exploring the land.

Thus, St. Augustine was founded forty-two years before the English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, and fifty-five years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts - making it the oldest permanent European settlement on the North American continent.

From Spanish colony to British rule to statehood, St. Augustine's long history and varied cultural influences are evident in its streets, buildings and the people who call it home. St. Augustine's historic sites and museums are great places to learn more about the history and culture of this unique city.

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Saint Augustine, City of Historic Lights

soft flames flickered offshore Timucuan tribal campfires luring Menendez’s armada Feast Day of St. Augustine 1565 Spanish settlers rowed covertly to shore more than 600 torches ushered in a new era of light torches turned to gaslights hanging yet today in a city of artists where street singers hope you’ll look their way centuries old Castillo de San Marcos ghosts of slaves held within cast a spiritual shadow on harbor water originally restored Spanish architecture throughout the gaslight village living history, soft lights, no neon antique stores adorned by twinkling white lights lantern lit are the many street-side vendors couples stroll past, hand-in-hand on the cobblestone street historic integrity for the nation’s oldest church multicolor strobes ascend through huge stained-glass windows colors in streaming rays reveal detailed architecture bright spotlights from the Fountain of Youth climb the large, wooden cross Spanish settlers erected one of two signs observed by mariners brilliant glowing image of hope, guidance St. Augustine Lighthouse’s beam shines a path far offshore black and white rings glow in its tower, circling candy cane Bridge of Lions, an illuminated spectacle visitors’ gateway to a forgotten age well-lit harbor, safe haven for houseboats and yachts gaiety reigns during sunlight hours night brings a different mood, perspective warmth and intrigue - city of historic lights
*For the City Lights competition City: Saint Augustine at night *See “About this Poem” for history on the United States’ oldest city.

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  1. Date: 1/20/2012 3:57:00 PM
    Wow, I just LOVE this one. It's nearly 11 pm and Sue's nagging me to have my shower, LOL - will finish reading the rest tomorrow, love. I had no idea you'd been posting all this time. Don't feel obliged to read/comment on mine, by the way - seriously xx

  1. Date: 1/20/2012 8:27:00 AM
    Holly cow, Have to go there now. They're crazy if they don't appoint you head of the tourist bureau. Well deserved win Carolyn. Craig

  1. Date: 1/19/2012 7:54:00 PM
    WOW! I'm speechless. Just ... well, just.... fantastic. I don't need to say anything. Your poem speaks for itself. Oh, lol, wait, congratulations. That I can say, hugs, cyndi

  1. Date: 1/19/2012 8:47:00 AM
    You have the magic that takes us to historical places, with a wealth of beauty and information, all woven together like a wonderful tapestry. What a wonderful city this must be....I hope to go there sometime! :)

  1. Date: 1/19/2012 8:13:00 AM
    Congratulations on the win for your poem in Debbie's "City Lights" contest Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/18/2012 10:58:00 PM
    Wow Caroline. I feel like I just took a walking tour of your city. Beautifully described. Congratulations

  1. Date: 1/17/2012 10:53:00 AM
    HaH..! so we've both been to st Augustine Carolyn..) was this your first time.? i guess not, i bought a pack of cigars " i don't smoke" yet i was so in the mood..) i got them for a friend who does.! there was a a guy selling crosses made from reeds "so well done) i got one with a rosebud form on the centre.. pleased you enjoyed it..!

  1. Date: 1/17/2012 9:38:00 AM
    St Augustine sounds irresistible. Love, daver