St Augustine to Commemorate Drakes Raid Next Weekend

History buffs and all are welcome to witness one of St Augustine’s most brutal attacks on our city next weekend. On its 27thyear, Drake’s Raid has become a popular historical event in St Augustine.

The History of Sir Francis Drake’s Attack on San Agustin.

425 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 Archeological 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 of the 8th the English crossed Matanzas Bay, taking the fortification and proceeding to drive the Spanish rear guard from the city of St. Augustine.

Watch as History Repeats Itself!

Join St Augustine on June 1st, 2013 for the 27th Reenactment of Sir Francis Drake’s Raid on old San Agustín. During the day (June 1st) 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 – just a few blocks from the inn.

This military display is intended to 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 walked upon by many today!