This month marks the 309th anniversary of the Siege of 1702. What better time to take a closer look at a critical moment in St. Augustine's history? Over the next several days we'll trace the timeline of that attack on St. Augustine using beautiful illustrations by a local artist & historian. Elsbeth Gordon created a lovely rendering of the events that took place in fall and winter of 1702 and gave it to City Archaeologist Carl Halbirt.
Before we dive in to the timeline, it's worth exploring the events that led up to the Siege. Though there was certainly no love lost between the British and Spanish colonies, this conflict originated in Europe. The War of Spanish Succession started in 1701, pitting the Spanish and French against England and a number of smaller allies. The tension of war quickly spread to the colonies, where the English became concerned about the potential for Spanish attack. With that in mind, Governor James Moore set out to attack La Florida in October of 1702.