King Phillip II of Spain named Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Spain's most experienced admiral, Governor of Florida, and instructed him to explore and to colonize the territory. When Menendez arrived off the coast of Florida, it was August 28, 1565, the Feast Day of St. Augustine. Eleven days later, he and his 600 soldiers and settlers came ashore at the site of the Timucuan Indian village of Seloy with banners flying and trumpets sounding. He hastily fortified the fledgling village and named it St. Augustine.
Therefore, St. Augustine was actually founded forty-two years before the English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, and fifty-five years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts - making it the oldest permanent European settlement on the North American continent.
It is a city established on many different cultures including the Spanish, English, Native American, and African. Every religion and every nationality had to pass through this city to be on American land. The first revival occurred in St. Augustine.
In the spring of 1964, a major Civil rights Bill was pending in the US Senate. This bill, if made into law would outlaw all segregation on the basis of race in all public facilities. Major civil rights demonstrations in many southern cities had convinced most Americans that the laws of segregation violated the constitution of the United States and was morally wrong. It was in that atmosphere the demonstrations in St. Augustine played a major role in securing the votes to stop the filibuster caused by some southern Senators and pass the Civil Rights Bill.
God is calling Lennette and I to be one of the gatekeepers of this city!