The Settling of St. Augustine

The Settling of St. Augustine

by Janet Riehecky
     
 

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When the Spanish arrived in Florida in 1565 to found the settlement of St. Augustine, it had a profound effect on the Native people of the area. This book looks at the beginning of European colonization in what is now the United States from both the Native and Spanish sides. It details the development of St. Augustine as a military outpost and the struggles and

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When the Spanish arrived in Florida in 1565 to found the settlement of St. Augustine, it had a profound effect on the Native people of the area. This book looks at the beginning of European colonization in what is now the United States from both the Native and Spanish sides. It details the development of St. Augustine as a military outpost and the struggles and setbacks the colony experienced. The mission system in Florida and the eventful history of St. Augustine after the Spanish are also explored.

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Children's Literature
What is the oldest European settlement still in continuous use in the United States? If you answered St. Augustine, Florida you are correct. Founded in 1565 by Spanish conquistadors St. Augustine has known a storied and violent history. Originally a part of the homeland of the Native-American peoples who lived throughout Florida, St. Augustine soon became a headquarters for Spanish conquerors. The Spaniards were brutal colonial masters who were intent upon exacting wealth from the region while also enforcing Catholicism. As a result of the harsh tactics used by the Spaniards the Native-American populations of the region were wiped out or enslaved. Over the years St. Augustine also experienced devastation via natural and manmade disasters. However, St. Augustine was rebuilt many times and remains a major tourist attraction in the state of Florida. Here, in this illustrated study, author Janet Riehecky outlines the history of St. Augustine. Drawing upon a self-evident research base and a crisp writing style Ms. Riehecky produces a clear and informative book. The clash of cultures that occurred at St. Augustine was tragic. Yet, the resilience of the settlers who established that center remains fascinating. That story is capably told in this part of the "Landmark Events in American History" series. 2003, World Almanac Library
—Greg M. Romaneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836854046
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Series:
Landmark Events in American History Ser.
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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