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St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the United States. Juan Ponce de León claimed what is now Florida for the Spanish crown when he landed on a beach somewhere near St. Augustine in early April of 1513. Half a century later, eager to defend their new colony from the French to the north and the English to the west, King Philip II granted a warrant to Admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. On August 28, 1565, Menéndez landed at the present site of St. Augustine and built a small fort, which became the nucleus of the community that grew into the attractive historic town of today.