National Geographic : 1957 Feb
\ A sight for tourists at St. Augustine, Fla.-the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. It dates back to 1672. In our oldest city-you'll find the fountain of America's youth... The first tourist to the St. Augustine area was the Spanish put to the torch three times... been sacked by Sir explorer, Ponce de Leon, who landed nearby in 1513. Francis Drake...known pirate raids and Indian attacks. According to legend, he was searching for the Fountain of Youth whose waters offered perpetual youth. Some But through it all, St. Augustine has endured... as this fifty years later the town was founded and later forti- nation itself has endured. This endurance...this will fled to protect the Spanish galleons as they sailed for to survive hardship and grow...is the fountain from the Old World with the treasures of the New. which America draws its perpetual youth. And fittingly enough, you'll find it well demonstrated in the nation's Today, St. Augustine offers treasures of its own to the oldest city, just about where Ponce de Leon looked for 400,000 tourists who drive there every year. Besides it more than four centuries ago... the oldest masonry fort, Castillo de San Marcos, there R r FREE Tour Information are the Alligator Farm, the Lightner Museum of Iob bies and, nearby, Marineland. And in the city's quaint If you would like to visit St. Augustine, or drive any old Spanish quarter, you'll find The Oldest House as where in the U.S .A ., let us help plan your trip. Write: well as The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse. Tour Bureau, Sinclair Oil Corporation, 600 Fifth Ave nue, New York 20, N. Y. - also ask for our colorful In its turbulent 400-year history St. Augustine has been National Parks map. SINCLAIR SALUTES THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVA TION, an educational and non-profit organization of individuals and groups, which participates with its 180 member organizations and the National Park Service in a nation-wide program for the protection and development of America's heritage of historic sites and buildings.