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Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés Statue - St. Augustine, Florida, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Assisted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Biologist Marine
N 29° 53.500 W 081° 18.848
17R E 469669 N 3306822
Quick Description: A statue of Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés stands in front of the historic Alcazar Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida, USA. It was a gift from St. Augustine's sister city, the City of Aviles, Spain.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 3/6/2010 8:27:44 PM
Waymark Code: WM8BCZ
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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 Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés Statue - St. Augustine, Florida, USA - posted by Biologist Marine

Long Description:
From the City of St. Augustine website:

"Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, who led the expedition from Spain that founded the city of St. Augustine, was born in the city of Avilés, in the northern province of Asturias, in 1519. He rose from less than the noble origins and through his mastery of sailing attracted the attention of King Phillip II, who promoted him to command the Spanish fleet."

"When Phillip decided to strengthen Spain’s colonial presence in Florida and the Caribbean, he named Menéndez Governor of Cuba and Florida and assigned him responsibility to exterminate a French settlement on the St. Johns River, located on land claimed by Spain. Menéndez sailed from Cadiz, Spain on June 29, 1565, with eleven vessels and over 1,500 settlers and soldiers. After some preliminary skirmishing with the French ships, Menéndez founded St. Augustine on September 8, 1565 thus completing his mission by carrying out the King’s orders."

"In 1573, Menéndez returned to Spain to take command of a gigantic fleet that Phillip was preparing for a naval strike against England and the Netherlands. Menéndez died suddenly, however, at Santander on September 17, 1574, before he could accomplish his last mission for the King."

"A statue of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés stands prominently atop a high pedestal in front of the historic Alcazar Hotel, which now contains the municipal offices of the City of St. Augustine and the Lightner Museum. A gift of the people of Avilés in 1972, the sculpture is an exact replica of the statue that stands near the tomb of Menéndez in his ancestral home of Avilés."
Country or International City that Gave the Gift: City of Aviles, Spain

Country or International City that Received the Gift: City of St. Augustine, Florida, USA

Website Verifying this Item as a Gift from Another Country or International City: [Web Link]

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