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You 'wallow in history' at St. Marks!
h [electronic resource] /
by Hampton Dunn.
1 online resource (2 p.) :
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 8, 2010).
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the European settlement of St. Marks, Florida by Panfilo de Narvaez, Hernando De Soto, and William Augustus Bowles.
Narvez, Pnfilo de,
d d. 1528.
Soto, Hernando de,
Bowles, William Augustus,
1763 or 4-1805.
Saint Marks (Fla.)
Fort Saint Marks (Fla.)
t Hampton Dunn Photouring Florida collection.
d10 YOU 'WALLOW IN HISTORY' AT ST. MARKS! By HAMPTON DUNN St. Marks --A woman writer from the North visited ancient San Marcos de Apalache here a few years ago and exclaimed: "you simply wallow in history when you go to St. Marks!" Indeed, you do. The his tory of this coastal defense town goes back long before the arrival of white man in the Western Hemisphere. The first visitor from Europe was that daring Spanish explorer, Panfilo de Narvaez, who fought Indians through Florida swamps all the way from Tampa Bay up to this port in the Panhandle. He scrapped them here, too, in 1527, to the exasperation point and he was anxious to get mov ing. He beat his swords into tools and his company of 300 followers constructed five small ships, thus starting the first sh ipbuilding industry in Florida. They shipped out, disappearing in the Gulf of Mexico never to be seen again. Hernando de Soto followed in de Narvaez' footsteps. Other Span iard explorers, soldiers and missionaries came later, all harrassed by the pirates a nd the Indians and later the British. Wooden forts were first built but in 1739 a limestone fort was erected and remnants of it still exist at what is now a State Park here. In the year 1800, a British deserter, William Augustus Bowles, who had married an Indian squaw, took the fort and set himself up as "King of Florida." His reign was short lived as the fort was recap tured shortly by the Spanish. In 1818, Andrew Jackson captured the place as an aftermath of the War of 1812 stirring an international inci dent which nearly provoked war.