By: Jessica Nugent and LiLing Pang
Just imagine! History was being made in Florida fifty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock—history of the most raucous, adventuresome sort! The city of St. Augustine, hub of the so-called First Coast, safeguards 400 years of history behind fortress walls and city gates. From St. Augustine north to Amelia Island’s Fernandina Beach, from the sixteenth century to the twentieth, a colorful cast of historic characters included youth-seeking Juan Ponce de León, French conquistador Jean Ribault, privateer Francis Drake, French Huguenots, Spanish Minorcans, Civil War heroes, President Ulysses S. Grant, and railroad magnate Henry Flagler. Relics of the long years have...
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