Not Many People Know The 1500s Capital Of Florida Was On This South Carolina Island

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.

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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.