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The State of Florida
February 9, 1988
Mr. E. Castellano
1512 Washington Avenue
West Islio, Long, Island, New York
Dear Mr. Castellano,
Based on the research in our files on the "de Mesa House," I am sending
you the following infomration about Antonio de Mesa:
A native of Verz Cruz, he married Geronima Santollo, a native of St.
Augustine on September 26, 1746. They had seven children while in St. Augustine.
Ih 1764 almost the entire Spanish population evacuated Florida when the province
was ceded to the British following the Seven Years War. Antonio and his family
went to Cuba and a subsequent listing of the evacuees lists him as dead by mid-1766.
He was one of the few civilian officials in this garrison town. His position
while in St. Augustine is listed as "shore guard, a minor treasury official.
The map of 1764 made for the purpose of identifying the houses abandoned by the
Spanish and thus available for sale to the British by agents identifies the
location as de Mesa's house.
I hope this information of of some help. We appreciate your remarks
about St. Augustine and are always gratified to have visitors take such a
interest in our town and its history.
Susan R. Parker
POST OFFICE BOX 1987
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA 32085