The Siege of 1702
In 1700,Spain’s King Charles II died without an heir. Soon, most of Europe was embroiled in a conflict with each country supporting its own Protestant or Catholic candidate for the Throne. This War of Spanish Secession boiled over into the New World where it became known as Queen Anne’s War. This was the excuse South Carolina's Governor James Moore needed. In 1702 he led an expedition against St. Augustine and its new fort. After 58 days, the British retreated, but as they left, they burned St. Augustine to the ground.