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Friar Bob's Tour

The tour is 15,800 words.  It gives a cursory overview of the the history of St. Augustine with an explanation

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Tour was compiled

beginning with Captain

Eddie Gantner's guidance

and the loan of several

books.  These books

include the biographies of

don Juan Ponce De Leon

and don Pedro Menendez

de Aviles, neither of which

is listed in the bibliography

because Eddie still has

them.

Other contributing factors

include a lifetime in St.

Augustine, local lore and

personal experience. Not

the least source was

historical markers placed

all over town.  Henry

Green, more commonly

known as Grandfather

Crow filled in some of the

gaps about the Indians.

  His story about how his

family survived the

Seminole Wars, fires the

imagination. His family was

among the Cimarones or Seminoles in their earliest

days.

Grandfather Crow told us that his family fled the soldiers, south until they reached the swamps of the

Okefenokee.  Once there, they slipped off into the trees and made themselves invisible while the soldiers

thundered past.  They stayed invisible for a hundred or more years by blending in with their neighbors.  They

imitated the life styles and manner of living of the other people who lived in the swamps and pretended to be

part of that community, that of  the local Black People.  And so they survived into recent history when it

finally became acceptable to be a Native American and not be trapped on a Reservation.  The spirit of

Grandfather Crow went to join those of his fathers in September 2007.  He is sorely missed.

 

Bibliography:

Flagler's Magnificent Hotel Ponce De Leon by Thomas Graham

Revised edition - St. Augustine Historical Society January 1990

The Awakening of St. Augustine by Thomas Graham

St. Augustine Historical Society 1978

Daring Daughters by Karen Harvey

The Donning Company Publishers - Virginia Beach Virginia 2002

Markland by Jean Parker Waterbury

St. Augustine Historical Society 1989

A History of Florida by Charlton W. Tebeau

University of Miami Press 1971