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Published on Jan 7, 2014
Explore Research at the University of Florida: Florida Museum of Natural History Distinguished Research Curator Kathleen Deagan discusses research at St. Augustine, Fla., where she has worked since 1976. In 1565, long before Jamestown, Spaniards, free and enslaved Africans and Native Americans crafted our country's first enduring European settlement in St. Augustine. The site of the abandoned first settlement remained buried, lost from memory of history for more than 400 years, until archaeologists rediscovered it at what is today's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Deagan and other UF archaeologists helped the Florida Museum produce a traveling exhibit telling the story of St. Augustine, "First Colony: Our Spanish Origins." The exhibit is on display at the St. Augustine Government House until 2016, when it will open at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville.