What Is the Oldest City In the United States and When Was St. Augustine, Florida Founded?

St. Augustine, Florida, is the oldest city in the United States.

St. Augustine was founded in 1565 by a Spanish explorer, Pedro Menendez de Aviles.

It is more than 40 years older than either Santa Fe, New Mexico, or Jamestown, Virginia.

St. Augustine lies in a region of Florida known as “The First Coast”, and the population of the city in 2000 was 11,592.

One of the oldest commercial tourist attractions in Florida is the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, which was incorporated in 1908.

Florida belonged to Spain until 1821, when the U.S. government bought it.

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