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Established in 1565, St. Augustine was the first permanent European settlement in the United States. From this colonial outpost, Spanish forces warded off pirates who preyed on galleons transporting gold from the New World. The outpost repelled attacks from English privateers,
French soldiers and Native American warriors. As the centuries passed, stronger fortifications were constructed and the size of the garrison grew.
The city thrived under different flags as the influence of various colonial powers waxed and waned over the region. The British gained control over the area in 1763 as a result of the Seven Years War. Twenty years later, the city returned to Spain in 1783 under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. This second Spanish period came to an end when the city became a permanent part of the United States in 1819.
This colonial heritage in preserved by numerous attractions within the St. Augustine. Many of the city’s oldest structures and fortifications still exist. Museums and other points of interest await visitors to who explore the city on foot. One such historical attraction is Old Town St. Augustine, which preserves more than 400 years of the city’s history. This open-air museum is a collection of nine notable residences built between 1790 and 1910. Visitors can see a variety of galleries displayed throughout the gardens and courtyards as well as one of the original Spanish defense lines. The area also has an early bridge and historic archaeological records relating to the city’s early history. The Old Town section enables visitors to step back in time and experience what life was like for some of St. Augustine’s early settlers.