On June 1, 2012, reenactors in sixteenth century dress will march down St. George Street in St. Augustine warning citizens of the impending attack by the Englishman Sir Francis Drake. Well, an attack that will be similar to one Drake and his crew launched against the city in 1586.
Back in those days, the English were trying to push their way into Spanish Florida. Drake brought twenty-three ships and actually bombarded St. Augustine from Anastasia Island. When the Spanish finally fled, 1000 English soldiers invaded the city, looted it and burned what was left.
At 7:00 PM on June 2nd, 2012, reenactors will commemorate this event starting at the old City Gate and going all the way to the city plaza. Previous to that, from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, reenactors will offer living history demonstrations at Fountain of youth Park. Come join the fun!
All of these events are presented by Searles’ Buccaneers in cooperation with St. Augustine’s Men of Menendez. Click here for more information.
Click here for a photo gallery of a previous Drakes’ Raid.
Click here for Fountain of Youth Park.