Deja Vu?

Racing the Storm – photo art by the author

This weekend we kick off St. Augustine’s 450th celebration. In 1565 a group of 800 Spanish soldiers and settlers arrived here to colonize La Florida and protect the gold fleet from the French who had established a colony just a few miles north on the St. Johns River.

We are also keeping an eye on the tropics as a storm develops with a possible track leading in our direction. It’s interesting that a hurricane hit our part of Florida just days after the new settlers landed. I’m sure they found the storm a terrifying experience, but it was also a blessing. The French had launched their war ships to attack the Spanish before they could get settled. Unfortunately for the attackers, the storm carried those ships south and left them wrecked on the beaches near Cape Canaveral.

The Spanish took advantage of the situation – first attacking and destroying the French settlement then later executing the shipwreck survivors making their way back up the coast.

Although that storm had its role in St. Augustine’s survival, I’m hoping Hurricane Erika doesn’t decide to follow its path. It’s one part of The St. Augustine Story I’m in no rush to reenact.

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GeneaPress: Doubles its Online Library to More Than 80,000 Digital Genealogy Books

The house my parents bought in 1952 for less than $9,000 recently sold for over $1 million. We knew we grew up in a special place … We just didn’t appreciate how special.


You Won’t Believe How Much Things Cost in the 1950s Compared to Now

If you were born in the 1950s, you were one of those lucky kids who grew up in a much simpler, more wholesome time; a time when living presently was more important than checking your text messages, everyone left their doors open to neighbors without fear and mom was always there with freshly baked treats upon your return home from school. And not only was your life in the 50s simple in terms of daily life activities, but you undoubtedly recall that the cost of living was much simpler, too.

Take a look. You’re quite likely to find some new and useful resources through this list. 

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