Youtube . . . the architecture of Fort Caroline with surprises
A thorough analysis of French and Spanish archives was utilized to create the most accurate possible architectural model of Fort Caroline, from which numerous virtual reality images. When I reviewed French archives, I found that all letters to the king, maps, books and memoirs placed Fort Caroline near the mouth of the Altamaha River in Georgia. When I reviewed Spanish archives, I found the same situation . . . but the maps had been ignored. The publicly viewed English translations of letters to the king of Spain from Governor Pedro Menendez had been altered so that the locations he described would be at the location of Fort Caroline National Memorial and present day St. Augustine.
“Puerto donde poder desembarcar junto a ellos, y a ocho leguas de su Puerto por mar, y a seis por tierra, encontré uno que había reconocido antes, día de San Agustín, que está en treinta grados y medio (30 1/2 degrees latitude) escaso y a los seis d’éste, desembarqué en él doscientos soldados, y a los siete, entraron tres navíos pequeños con otros trescientos y los casados con sus mujeres e hijos, y desembarqué la más de la artillería y municiones. El río San Mateo (May River) que pasa junto al fuerte que capturamos, se extiende setenta leguas tierra adentro y gira hacia el sudeste vaciando la bahía de Juan Ponce. En este río hay tres grandes ciudades indias … Este puerto tiene treinta y medio grados, y el San Mateo (Fort Caroline) que capturamos tiene treinta y uno grados (31 degrees latitude)“.
Sealed letter from Governor Pedro Avilles Menendez to the King of Spain
If you don’t know Spanish, what the document above says is that the “first Thanksgiving” and “first location of St. Augustine” between September 1565 and March 1566 was on Amelia Island, Florida. There is a possibility that Menendez was slightly off in his calculations and the first St. Augustine was at St. Marys, Georgia . . . but he definitely was not at the present location of St. Augustine. In another letter, he stated that his flagship could not enter the harbor at a bay with the latitude of present day St. Augustine. Another letter tells the King of Spain in February that he is moving the colony southward to present day St. Augustine Bay. That’s right Florida university professors intentionally changed the numbers above to 29 1/2 and 30 so no once would catch that Fort Caroline was in the wrong place.
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