Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 19, 2017

Colonial Quarter

St. George Street’s Colonial Quarter is divided into time periods: 16TH century, 17TH century, 18TH century Spanish, and 18TH century British. In the 16TH century section you can find a boat being constructed by the same methods St. Augustine’s first colonists would have used. Just behind the boat, a small model encased in glass shows how the “finished product” should look.

Huguenot Cemetery

If you read my blog, you’ve probably noticed many posts dealing with the 1565 massacre of French Protestants which took place about 14 miles from St. Augustine. This has been a great passion of mine for over a decade and I enjoy informing curious history-lovers about this important event in the city’s and in our country’s history. (On a side note, if you have or if you know someone who has any clout in St. Augustine’s archaeological, historical, or governmental sectors, please consider mentioning the importance of searching for the actual massacre site. How wonderful it would be to put this 450-year-old mystery to rest!)

This plaque in the Huguenot Cemetery (“Protestant Burying Ground”) reads: “The name Huguenot has been associated with the cemetery since the 1830’s and probably reinforced during the tourist boom at the turn of the cemetery. How the name originated is not known, except that “Huguenot” was synonymous with “non-Catholic” to the people of St. Augustine for many years. The name does not imply that members of the 16th century French Protestant persuasion are buried on these grounds. The association of Huguenots to St. Augustine is based on an incident in 1565 when Huguenots were slaughtered by the Spanish in a quest by both countries to claim Florida. In the 1950’s, cedar trees were planted on the grounds in memory of the French Huguenots who died here in 1565.” (Emphasis mine: what a beautiful gesture which can still be seen today).

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