Daytona Speedway & St Augustine
Trip Start Mar 10, 2013
54Trip End Jun 09, 2013
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From there we continued up the coast road to St Augustine, the oldest permanent European settlement in the continental US, having been founded in 1565. The Castillo de San Marcos was finished in 1695, having been built by the Spanish as a military base. It protected St Augustine from pirate raids & also from Great Britain. It was originally built as a refuge for the townspeople & as a military warehouse. In 1702, the city was attacked by the English? & about 1,500 soldiers & civilians were packed into the Castillo for 51 days. The gun deck & surrounding wall had over 70 cannons of different sizes, the largest of which had a range of 3.5 miles.
As you can imagine, there were many beautiful old buildings in the town, we walked around & had a good look. Again, this wasn't on our bucket list but has probably been one of the most interesting places we have seen this trip. Not long after arriving in the US a lady bailed me up in the carpark at Walmart one day, she had seen me coming from the RV & wanted to chat. She mentioned this town in Florida that was the oldest in the US but couldn't remember it's name, said it was well worth visiting. Then JoAnn said to us about it & told us the name. Extremely interesting & lovely buildings.
As we walked back to the RV it started raining & has been our first rain for the trip.