Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Historic Pensacola, Florida
In one of the tourist brochures of Pensacola we read that the city was the oldest in the United States. Strange, we had learned when we were in St.Augustine, Florida that it was the oldest. We learned the full story yesterday at the Historic Pensacola Village. The Spanish arrived with 1500 people in 1559, and left two years later. A variety of misfortunes had brought their numbers down to 200 by the time they left. If they had stayed, then Pensacola would be the oldest city, but the Spanish did not return for another 130 years. After that France evicted them once, and then Spain returned to claim the land. Pensacola, from 1752 to 1821 had a succession of Spanish and British forts (which had also been occupied by Americans), the ruins of which can be seen on the Colonial Archeological Trail in downtown Pensacola. To summarize the complicated history, the city was under 5 flags which had been raised in turn 10x- here I am including the Confederate as well as the American flags.