Not Many People Know The 1500s Capital Of Florida Was On This South Carolina Island
By Robin Jarvis|Published July 25, 2019
Robin Jarvis began writing for OnlyInYourState.com in 2015 and quickly advanced to a Senior Editor role. She's currently the Brand Manager and has a Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in Journalism with a minor in Marketing. Her career history includes long running appearances on radio and television. She also has served as publisher of Shades of Green Magazine and Design Lead on several print publications. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She's lived in the Carolinas for more than three decades and currently resides in Charleston, SC. When she's not working, she loves playing guitar, painting, traveling, and spending time with family.
Few people, especially in Florida, realize that America’s first planned city wasn’t in Florida, where, in 1565, Pedro Menendez landed and established what is known today as St. Augustine. Menendez went on to become the governor of Florida in the New World. But in 1562, the French had already established a fort on what is now Parris Island, South Carolina.
Did you know the New World’s first capital of Florida was located in South Carolina?
Parris Island Museum Address: 111 Panama Street, Beaufort, SC 29905. Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m.
San Elena History Center and Museum Address: 1501 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC 29902. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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