• Cannon firing on the gundeck of the Castillo de San Marcos

    Castillo De San Marcos

    National Monument Florida

St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission

Aerial viw of the Castillo de San Marcos and downtown St Augustine.

The Castillo de San Marcos and downtown St. Augustine

In 2015, St. Augustine, Florida will be celebrating the 450th anniversary of its founding by Don Pedro Menendez in 1565. To ensure that this significant event "provides a lasting legacy and long-term public benefit", Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar established the 450th Commemeration Commission in June of 2010.

On this page you will find information on the Commission's efforts and their milestones in preparing for St. Augustine's celebration.




 
Statue of a lion at Bridge of Lions in St Augustine, Florida

Lions stand guard at the Bridge of Lions in St Augustine

Photo by Mary Sims

The St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission is interested in hearing any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.

Please use this e-mail form to contact us.




 
Palm trees at dawn on Matanzas Bay

Palm trees at dawn on Matanzas Bay in St Augustine, Florida

Photo by Mary Sims

Please click the links below for information on the Commission and its members:

Commission's Announcement

Commission's Senate Approval

Commission's Legislation

Commission's Charter

Commission's Biographies

Did You Know?

Map showing the Gulf Stream flowing around the Florida Peninsula

The Gulf Stream was first described by Spanish explorer Ponce de León in 1513. It was the first leg of the route home for the great Spanish treasure fleets. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Florida