Skip to content
- 1. The town had flourished, nearing 400 residents, since its establishment more than a decade earlier in 1566 by Pedro Menendez de Aviles who had founded La Florida and St. Augustine the year before.
- 2. He erected for San Marcos in six days in defense against a Native American attack such as the one that forced the abandonment of the town a year earlier.
- 3. In 1571 it became the capital of Spanish Florida.
- 4. Marquez arrived in October 1577 at the abandoned town of Santa Elena with two ships carrying pre-fabricated posts and heavy planking.