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Drake's Raid, St. Augustine 1586
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
Being the reenactment of Sir Francis Drake’s 1586 raid on St. Augustine.


HISTORYSir Francis Drake

426 years ago on June 6th, 1586 twenty-three ships approached the harbor of the Spanish colonial city of St. Augustine with 2000 Englishmen under the command of Sir Francis Drake.  A day after making sight of the harbor, 1000 of these men, led by Captain Christopher Carlile, would land on Anastasia Island to mount cannons opposite the Spanish wooden fort – located on what is now the Fountain of Youth Park – and begin to duel with the Spanish forces there.  300 Spanish would abandon the fort during the night and with daylight approaching on the morning on the 8th the English crossed Matanzas Bay, taking the fortification and proceeding to drive the Spanish rear guard from the city of St. Augustine.

A Detailed History:  Drake's Raid

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Join us on June 2nd, 2012 in the 26th reenactment of Sir Francis Drake’s Raid on old San Agustín..  During the day (June 4th) a 16th century-style military encampment will be open to the public at the Fountain of Youth Park and will play host to drills, demonstrations and living history interpretation  from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  The reenactment of the sacking and burning of the town will commence Saturday evening at 7:00 PM in the old city, beginning at the Old City Gates and ending in the Plaza.  This military display is intended to symbolically commemorate the temporary abandonment of the city of St. Augustine by Spanish colonial forces.  After the town was looted and burned by Drake’s men, the Spanish returned to rebuild upon the same streets you walk on today!

Drake's Raid is hosted by Companies of the Historic Florida Militia:  The Men of Menendez, Heritage of the Ancient Ones (HOTAO), & Drake's Men.

Supported in part by the St. John’s County Tourist Development Council


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