First St. Augustine in Georgia
The Spanish archives put first St. Augustine in Georgia. Same document confirms POOF location for Fort Caroline. French eyewitness says that Jean Ribault was executed at Fort Caroline in Georgia.
Y’all are going to love this one. It is one thing for archaeologists and historians to squabble about whether some pile of earth is a Spanish fort, an Indian mound or a pile of dirt. Being a Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech, I like hard numbers and crisp satellite images. That we got.
All along there was a letter written by the big butcher himself, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, where he stated that St. Augustine was established on a site with a latitude of 30 ½ degrees. It was about 21 miles south of Fort Caroline. Most Florida authors and web sites changed the number to 29 ½ degrees to match St. Augustine. However, trente y media grados is 30 ½ degrees in every Spanish speaking nation in the world, except South Miami Beach. He also said that there was a roundish island the diameter of Sapelo Island in the mouth of the May River. None of the other river candidates have islands in their mouths but the Altamaha River with its Sapelo Island.
There is also a French archive by a survivor of Fort Caroline that states that most of the French fleet was sunk or floundered about 50 miles south of Fort Caroline. They struggled back northward through the Georgia Coast’s maze of rivers, tidal creeks and marshes in order to surrender at Fort Caroline to the Spanish, and then be promptly butchered.
For 500 years, a parade of conquistadors, Catholic priests, Protestant missionaries, soldiers, politicians, historians, eggheads, anthropologists, New Agers and archaeologists have been telling the Southeastern indigenous peoples what their history was. Now the moccasins are on the other foot.
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