In the minds of many newcomers, Florida has no meaningful history prior to the Second World War,” the eminent Florida historian Michael Gannon has noted.But in fact, as Gannon likes to say, by the time the Pilgrims made it to Plymouth Rock in 1620, St. Augustine was old enough to be up for urban renewal. Founded in 1565, it’s the oldest continuously occupied European city in the United States.And, at 450, the old girl is ready to party.

Source: Florida history: Hey, you only turn 450 once: It’s St. Augustine party time – Orlando Sentinel
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