The 500th anniversary of the “discovery” of Florida and the Castle of S.Augustine

At school we have always said that the discovery of America dates back to 1492. But not all the Americas celebrated that year as the time of their “discovery.” The U.S. State of Florida, for example, celebrates in 2013 the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Europeans on its beaches. It was in April of 1513 when the Spanish navigator Juan Ponce de Leon landed on the coast of Florida, at a point which is located 16 kilometers from the city of S.Augustine.

S.Augustine Castle

S.Augustine Castle

An urban center that can boast the title uncommon – in the U.S. – of the ancient city, since its foundation dates back to 1565, when it was built the monastery of St. Augustine. About 100 years after the settlement that has been enhanced, so to speak, from a defensive castle full of guns it was a castle to guard the coast and a warning point to the enemies of Spain.

S.Augustine

S.Augustine

In terms of tourism S.Augustine celebrates the 500th anniversary of the opening of the colonial district, a museum for families in the heart of the city, where children can explore the last five centuries of St. Augustine. A monument to Juan Ponce de Leon was opened on the stretch of beach where the explorer is supposed to be landed. And at the end of October, the city’s restaurants will celebrate the feast of the Spanish wine, to remember their ties with the land.

The town, yet in Florida, has a very special and relaxed atmosphere, you can enjoy walking on the coast, between the houses of the seventeenth century or climbing the lighthouse stripes that go up to 800 lights on the way of sailors and offers a nice point of view of the surroundings.

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