First Spanish Muster Site in Florida
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 29° 54.447 W 081° 18.981
17R E 469460 N 3308572
Quick Description: Located in front of the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine on Magnolia Ave.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 2/2/2016 9:34:08 PM
Waymark Code: WMQC6D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
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Long Description:
The first muster of Spanish militiamen in the newly-established presidio (fortified encampment) of St. Augustine took place in St. Augustine took place in September of 1565, Adelantado Pedro Menedez de Aviles assembled 500 regular soldiers to attack the French settlement at Fort Caroline on the St. John's River while the French sailed south towards St. Augustine. Staying behind in the presidio was a group of some 100 civilians including craftsmen, laborers, farmers, priests, wives, and children. Among them, free white men were pressed into military service in accordance with Spanish law to defend the community and protect its supplies against a possible counterattack. Menendez's victory at Fort Caroline helped to secure St. Augustine against further French threat. The Florida National Guard honors September 15, 1565, as the first muster of Florida's militia and therefore the birthdate of the militia in what was to become the United States. St.Augustine is the oldest permanently occupied European settlement in the continental United States.
Marker Number: F-848

Date: 2015

County: St Johns

Marker Type: City

Sponsored or placed by: The Department of Military Affairs, The Florida National Guard, and the Florida Department of State

Website: Not listed

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