When all is said and done, this world has been created by men of action. And the discovery of the New World is an example of that. When you visit the Mission and specifically the cross, imagine yourself a member of the party that sailed into the Florida wilderness in 1565. They sailed more than 30 days to get here. There is nothing behind you but pines, palmettos, snakes and gators. And Timucuans. Let's not forget the more than six foot tall native inhabitants.
This is the spot they landed. This is where the journey began for Spaniards in North America. Before Plymouth Rock. Before Jamestown.
Look out at the ideal bay, sheltered from the ravages of the Atlantic. They experienced hurricanes, they knew the value of a good safe port.
And as you view the graves of the faithful, consider that they lived here in 95 degree heat without air conditioning, fully clothed due to social customs of the day.
Your visit back in time to the real St Augustine doesn't cost anything as the church is glad you are visiting.
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