September 08, 2016

Today in History: Spanish colony established in St. Augustine, Florida (1565)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

Spain got there first. Their colonial empire bagged the best stuff, with the warm climate, the spices, the precious metals. They even planted a permanent settlement in North America decades before Jamestown or Quebec City, in St. Augustine Florida, on September 8, 1565.

But the head start did them no good, because their colonists were not free and so their colonies stagnated while British North America flourished and, ultimately, absorbed Florida and indeed New France, also stifled by excessive bureaucracy.

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commented 2016-09-08 17:47:39 -0400
I think that makes it the oldest city in America, right?
commented 2016-09-08 16:51:52 -0400
Fraser McBurney: it’s interesting to note (as many have) that progressives will often drone on and on about the wonders and virtues of “diversity” … while at the same time, doing everything in their power to silence people with opinions that happen to differ from theirs (racists, homophobes, islamophobes – they’re everywhere!) Yet it is freedom, and in particular, freedom of speech, that allows a society to innovate, to be creative, and ultimately, to flourish.
commented 2016-09-08 15:53:13 -0400
Always interesting to listen to your lectures John
Freedom is the life’s bloody of society. All you have to do is look at the prosperous nations of the world save for the Muslim world who know no freedom. Freedom begins with freedom of speech which leads to freedom of ideas which leads to freedom of thought which leads to FREEDOM