Photographs of the oldest city in the U.S.
St. Augustine is more than simply historic. Established in 1565, it's the oldest continuously occupied European-based community within the continental U.S. . It was founded by Spain and remained Spanish until 1819 when it was transferred to the U.S., (with the exception of a brief period of British control). Some visible symbols of the city's age and heritage include the old Spanish fort Castillo de San Marcos, the old city gates, and the oldest school house in America, located in the touristy but well-restored old town.
Notable natives of St. Augustine include rocker Tom Petty, writer Sinclair Lewis, artist Jacob Lawrence, Native American leader Osceola, and the late, great Ray Charles.