First Spanish Muster Site in Florida

First Spanish Muster Site in Florida (HM1QYE)

Location: Saint Augustine, FL 32084 St. Johns County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 54.447', W 81° 18.981'

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The first muster of Spanish militiamen in the newly-established presidio (fortified encampment) of St. Augustine took place in September of 1565. During the onset of the San Mateo hurricane Adelantado Pedro Menendez 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.
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Marker NumberF-848
Year Placed2015
Placed ByThe Department of Military Affairs, The Florida National Guard, and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 7th, 2016 at 9:02am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 469460 N 3308572
Decimal Degrees29.90745000, -81.31635000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 54.447', W 81° 18.981'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 54' 26.82" N, 81° 18' 58.86" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)904
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 30-50 Magnolia Ave, Saint Augustine FL 32084, US
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