The site of the abandoned first settlement remained buried, lost from memory of history for more than 400 years, until archaeologists rediscovered it at what is today’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.
Dirt stains left by wooden posts and sills reveal a Spanish-style walled encampment, with rectangular barracks and a large fortified storehouse. Most buildings were made of thatch, and some settlers lived in round Timucuan-style huts.
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