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St Augustine, Florida, USA

"Saint Augustine, sent aw-gūst'in (or aw"glis-teen'), a city, port of entry, and capital of St. John's co., Fla; on Matanzas Sound, 2 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and about 36 miles in a direct line S.S.E. of Jacksonville. The site is a plain only a few feet higher than the level of the sea. It contains a court-house, a Catholic cathedral, 5 churches, a convent, 2 newspaper offices, the Peabody Institute, and several of the finest hotels in the world. The famous Ponce de Leon hotel is a Moorish Palace costing nearly a mil lion dollars. St. Augustine has a commodious, but shallow, harbor, defended by Fort Marion, which was built by the Spaniards more than 100 years ago. The mildness of the climate renders it an attractive place of winter residence for invalids, and it is now pre-eminently the most fashionable winter resort in America. The city was settled by the Spaniards about 1565, and is the oldest town in the United States. It is a Catholic bishop's see, and is situated on the line of the Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Indian River Railway, a trunk line extending from the N. to the S. portion of the state of Florida, with connections to the interior. Pop. in 1890, 4742."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott




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  • 1565 - September 8 - Oldest city in the US, St Augustine Fla, established by Spanish Expedition
    On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés landed on the shore of what is now called Matanzas Bay and began the founding of the Presidio of San Ag...Read MORE...


  • 1586 - Sir Francis Drake plunders Saint Augustine

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1702 - October 27 - British troops plunder St Augustine Florida

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  • St Augustine, Florida, USA
    St. Francis Street, St. Augustine

    Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
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  • 1854 - St Augustine
    St. Augustine, a city, port of entry, and capital of St. John's co., Florida, 200 miles E. by S. from Tallahassee, and 160 miles S. from Savannah. It ...Read MORE...


  • 1861 - January 7 - Florida troops takeover Fort Marion at St Augustine

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  • 1861 - March 8 - St Augustine Florida surrenders to Union armies

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  • St Augustine, Florida, USA
    A Street in St. Augustine
    Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
    New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
  • News 1895 - Fire
    Seven blocks thickly covered with residences and business houses in St. Augustine, Florida, have been destroyed by fire St. Augustine claims to be the...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Saint Augustine
    Saint Augustine, a city, port of entry, and capital of St. John's co., Fla; on Matanzas Sound, 2 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and about 36 miles in ...Read MORE...


  • News 1896 - November 30 - 'St. Augustine Monster': A large carcass, later postulated to be the remains of a gigantic octopus, is found washed ashore near St. Augustine, Florida.

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    November 30, 1896

  • News 1897 - BIG HOTEL BURNED. INCENDIARIES CAUSE A FIRE AT ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA.
    St. Augustine, Fla., Nov. 7. - The Hotel San Marco one of the finest and most commodious hotel properties in this city, was burned to the ground this ...Read MORE...


  • 1900 - St. Augustine - The Oldest Town in the United States by George R. Fairbanks
    Far down on the Atlantic coast lies the old city of St. Augustine. Unlike most of our early towns, which have either been abandoned, like Jamestown, o...Read MORE...


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    Old City Gate
  • 1906
    Saint Augustine, a city, port of entry, and capital of St. John co., Fla., on Matanzas Sound, 2 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and 36 miles (direct) SE...Read MORE...


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    Treasury Street
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    "Commercial wooden boatbuilding thrived in St. Augustine with the advent of the shrimping industry in the 1920s and over the following decades expanded exponentially with the success of commercial boatbuilding outfits such as DESCO and St. Augustine ... Read MORE...

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    Fort Matanzas, near St. Augustine, Fla.
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    The Court, Hotel Alcazar, showing Electric Fountain
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    Trinity Episcopal Church


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St. Francis Street, St. Augustine

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C.... Read MORE...

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A Street in St. Augustine
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

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Old City Gate

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St Augustine, Florida, USA
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Treasury Street

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Fort Matanzas, near St. Augustine, Fla.

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The Court, Hotel Alcazar, showing Electric Fountain


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Trinity Episcopal Church

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"Commercial wooden boatbuilding thrived in St. Augustine with the advent of the shrimping industry in the 1920s and over the following decades expanded exponentially with the success of commercial boatbuilding outfits such as DESCO and St. Augustine ... Read MORE...
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  • This is Actually America's First Small Town


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  • 1565 - September 8 - Oldest city in the US, St Augustine Fla, established by Spanish Expedition
    On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés landed on the shore of what is now called Matanzas Bay and began the founding of the Presidio of San... Read MORE...

  • 1586 - Sir Francis Drake plunders Saint Augustine

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • St. Augustine, FL - Travel Thru History


    105 St. Augustine, FL - Travel Thru History Full Episode (www.youtube.com)
  • 1702 - October 27 - British troops plunder St Augustine Florida

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  • 1854 - St Augustine
    St. Augustine, a city, port of entry, and capital of St. John's co., Florida, 200 miles E. by S. from Tallahassee, and 160 miles S. from Savannah. It ... Read MORE...

  • 1861 - January 7 - Florida troops takeover Fort Marion at St Augustine

    historyorb.com
  • 1861 - March 8 - St Augustine Florida surrenders to Union armies

    historyorb.com
  • 1895 - Saint Augustine
    Saint Augustine, a city, port of entry, and capital of St. John's co., Fla; on Matanzas Sound, 2 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and about 36 miles in ... Read MORE...

  • News  1895 - Fire
    Seven blocks thickly covered with residences and business houses in St. Augustine, Florida, have been destroyed by fire St. Augustine claims to be... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - November 30 - 'St. Augustine Monster': A large carcass, later postulated to be the remains of a gigantic octopus, is found washed ashore near St. Augustine, Florida.

    www.wikipedia.org
    November 30, 1896
  • News  1897 - BIG HOTEL BURNED. INCENDIARIES CAUSE A FIRE AT ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA.
    St. Augustine, Fla., Nov. 7. - The Hotel San Marco one of the finest and most commodious hotel properties in this city, was burned to the ground this ... Read MORE...

  • 1900 - St. Augustine - The Oldest Town in the United States by George R. Fairbanks
    Far down on the Atlantic coast lies the old city of St. Augustine. Unlike most of our early towns, which have either been abandoned, like Jamestown,... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Saint Augustine, a city, port of entry, and capital of St. John co., Fla., on Matanzas Sound, 2 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and 36 miles (direct)... Read MORE...

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