So here I am in the oldest city in the USA and off I go to seek the Fountain of Youth, just like Ponce de Leon did many years ago!! WOO HOO WHAT A RIP OFF THIS WAS —- after paying my entry fee, and waiting for the bus load of school children to clear out – into the well house I go seeking the JOY JUICE to cause my body to return to its 20 year old self!! I am thinking, THIS is exciting……..yuck,,,,nasty ‘ol mineral well, sulphur tasting water! But hey, I am looking for miracles here, so I gulped my portion down quickly!!!
HA — joke is on me, as the following morning when I gazed at this face of mine in the mirror, all I saw was the same ‘ol me! So much for this Fountain of Youth business. My guess is that Ponce de Leon and his crew were so danged thirsty , shrunken, and withering away that by rehydrating with this “fresh” water IT WAS the Fountain of Youth to them.
This archaeological site also was found to have a settlement of early Native American Indians known as the Timucuans. It is interesting to note that their shelters/homes were constructed in the same manner as those of Pocahontas’s tribe in Virginia and the tribe of Indians discovered at Shiloh in Tennessee.
HISTORY The history of St. Augustine is interesting and fascinating. Being here for a few weeks allows time to explore and visit many of the old historical buildings and museums in the city. Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain in 1513. In 1565, Pedro Menendez, along with 700 soldiers and colonists, settled here establishing St. Augustine as the oldest city in our country. About a hundred years later the fort, which still stands today, Castillo de San Marcos, was built for defense of this vital territory. Did you know that Geronimo was imprisoned here for a period of time?? This fort, the city gates and walls and the surrounding bodies of water helped to protect the city from foreign and Indian invasions. Altho’, pirates had no problems finding their way.
South of here at the Matanzas inlet is a smaller fort called Fort Matanzas. It’s purpose was to further protect St. Augustine.
In 1793 the construction of the Cathedral Basilica de St. Augustine was begun. The simplistic, serene beauty of this Cathedral was lovely to see. As with many old buildings, this too had burned at one point in time, but there remains some walls from the original church that were incorporated in the reconstruction.
This is the tour for today!! Will bore you again perhaps tomorrow;;;;;;;;;;;;