April 27, 2008

The Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, Florida

Today we headed toward the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in the United States, St. Augustine, Florida.

This city is the home of Ponce de Leon's famed Fountain of Youth.

After leaving office as first governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Florida while searching for the famous healing waters in 1513.

This animated globe stands two stories tall and illustrates the discovery of The New World.

The Planetarium at The Fountain of Youth lets you view the night sky as the discoverers of America did more than 500 years ago.

Marlon grins and bears it as he samples water from The Fountain of Youth on a good day when the smell of sulfur is not so bad.

Timucuan Indian remains have been found on site at The Fountain of Youth park. The item below was a smoker used by Timucaun Indians to not only smoke meats, but also to smoke enemies' scalps for preservation as trophies.

In the 14th century, peacock such as this were only owned by the rich and powerful. This one was wandering freely through the grounds at The Fountain, enjoying its retirement from NBC.

No, this is NOT The Fountain of Youth. The Fountain is now actually an underground spring.

For more pictures of The Fountain of Youth, go to http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/april/st-augustine-florida/ pictures 1-63.

To be continued...

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