One month after sailing from Spain on a mission commissioned by King Phillip to conquer La Florida, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés sailed into what appeared to be a hospitable inlet on August 28, 1565. Because it was the feast day of St. Augustine of Hippo, he named the site that would be come the first permanent settlement by Europeans in the new world after the saint.

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