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Long before Jamestown, Spaniards, free and enslaved Africans and Native Americans crafted our country’s first enduring European settlement in 1565 – St. Augustine. First Colony: Our Spanish Origins explores this period of time through archaeology, history and the stories of people who lived there. These first colonial immigrants created America’s original “melting pot” – a colorful, multicultural society that was new then, but might seem familiar today.

First Colony Educator GuideFirst Colony Exhibit Educators’ Guide


  • Exhibition Highlights
  • Background Information
  • Classroom Activities
  • Educational Standards
  • Glossary
  • Online Resources