St Augustine en Español
The Spanish influence is present as you would expect throughout Spain’s first colony in the Unites States. You can see it in the architecture of the colonial houses, the diversity of the Spanish and Latin food and even the names of some of the streets. However, like in most of the U.S., English history took over. They say that history is written by the victors. I can only imagine how much of it has been lost. Nowadays the Spanish influence remains, on the most part hidden, unless you know where to look.
The Spaniards came here first. Roughly 50 years before Plymouth Rock and Jamestown and the pilgrims and the Mayflower. Regardless of their reasons, justified or not. (This is not the right forum to judge their actions) They “discovered” and conquered this land and that is a fact.
It is very hard to walk down St George Street and not hear a conversation in Spanish. Visitors come to the city in search of their Hispanic roots. There are several wonderful restaurants to flavor Latin dishes from a Cuban sandwich to a Venezuelan arepa, There is even a place to dance to live Salsa and Merengue while enjoying a Mojito or Cuba Libre and hook up with other Hispanics also searching for their roots.
Here are a few links to some of the places we recommend:
Casa Maya (https://casamayasta.com/)
The Cuban Bakery (http://thecubancafeandbakery.com/)
Milagro on 12 (http://www.oddbirdsgroup.com/eat)