Augustine Light, Flagler College, Lightner Museum, statue near the Cathedral Basilica of St. Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, it is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement within the borders of the continental United States. Augustine is part of Florida's First Coast region and the Jacksonville metropolitan area. Johns County Jail) is a city in the Southeastern United States, on the Atlantic coast of northeastern Florida.After several more transatlantic crossings, Menéndez fell ill and died on September 17, 1574.Succeeding governors of the province maintained a peaceful coexistence with the local Native Americans, allowing the isolated outpost of St. On May 28 and 29, 1586, soon after the Anglo-Spanish War began between England and Spain, the English privateer Sir Francis Drake sacked and burned St. The approach of his large fleet obliged Governor Pedro Menéndez Márquez and the townspeople to flee for their safety.The Florida National Guard made the city its headquarters that same year.The territorial government moved and made Tallahassee the capital in 1824. Augustine's distinct historical character has made the city a major tourist attraction.On September 6, he returned to the site of his first landfall, naming it after the Catholic saint, disembarked his troops, and quickly constructed fortifications to protect his people and supplies.
There they were confronted by the Spaniard and his men on the opposite side.Founded in 1565 by the Spanish conquistador, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, St.Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the contiguous United States.According to the 2010 census, the city population was 12,975.The United States Census Bureau's 2013 estimate of the city's population was 13,679, while the urban area had a population of 71,379 in 2012. Augustine was founded on September 8, 1565, by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Florida's first governor.