The St. Augustine Record: New digital archive to put worldwide focus on the state’s early history

The St. Augustine Record: New digital archive to put worldwide focus on the state’s early history. “The names, occupations, ages and origins of many colonial Floridians, including St. Augustinians, will be a key part of a new online archive and database slated to launch this fall. ‘The overall goal here is to create a biographical dictionary of anyone who ever set foot in Spanish Florida between Ponce de Leon in 1513 and 1821 (when Spanish rule ended),’ said J. Michael Francis, Ph.D., of The University of South Florida. ‘That could quite easily be 20,000 to 25,000 people when it is done,’ he said.”