Historical Museum of Southern Florida

 

St. Augustine

Pagus Hispanorum in Florida.
(Florida Countryside.)
Dapper, 1673.
Based on a print in De Nieuwe en onbekende weereld / Arnoldus Montanus. -- Amsterdam: J. Meurs, 1671.

This fanciful view of the Castillo de San Marcos and some of St. Augustine's residents was drawn by a European artist who probably never traveled to the New World.

The colony of Florida never attained self sufficiency and depended upon an annual stipend from Mexico. It remained strategically important, however, as Spanish galleons sailed up the Gulf Stream just off Florida on their return voyage to Spain.

Image no. 1989-165-1

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