Long before Jamestown, Spaniards, free and enslaved Africans and Native Americans crafted our country’s first enduring European settlement — St. Augustine, in 1565.

First Colony LogoDiscover the first colony through archaeology, history and the stories of people who lived there in this hands-on, interactive exhibition. 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: Our Spanish Origins was produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History and UF Historic St. Augustine, Inc., and sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources and the State of Florida.

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