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It All Began Here

The Great Cross
On September 8, 1565, a party of approximately 800 Spanish soldiers and settlers landed at this spot to create what would become the oldest continuously-occupied European settlement in the United States. Today, St. Augustine celebrates its 450th anniversary with a reenactment of that landing.

Photo: The Great Cross at the Mission of Nombre de Dios. From the author’s collection at Flickr.