In the mid 1560s, Spanish Conquistadors moved from their Caribbean strongholds northward to what is Florida today. The first colony that was founded and stayed continuously occupied was St. Augustine. The Spanish settlers began immediately to establish a Catholic church. Although it would seem that the religious commitment of the settlers would be enough alone to drive them to erecting a church, the drive was intensified by another aspect of their odyssey into the new world: the Spanish monarchs had also ordered the natives of the new world to be converted to Catholicism. Therefore, this project was not only for the morale of the Spaniards, but also a tool that would be later used to convert Native Americans.
The cathedral was completed rapidly. However, given that the Spaniards present were mostly sailors and had little experience in architecture, the first Cathedral of St. Augustine was very simple with an array of materials and overall hurried confusion about the building. As the British army would have it, the original parish... Read More