IV De Burgo/Pellicer
1. Welcome to the de Burgo Carpinteria, an exhibit representing the
Minorcan influence in St. Augustine history.
2. Main Themes
a. Minorcan adaptation to St. Augustine
Minorcans came to St. Augustine in 1777, 10 years after they
were brought to Florida to work on a plantation. Unbearable
conditions forced them to remove to St. Augustine where they
became an important part of the community.
(1) Adapted to St. Augustine by farming, fishing and crafts,
especially that of carpenters.
(2) Adapted so well that descendants of the Minorcans still
live in St. Augustine today.
The construction is during the British Period frame. British and
Minorcans seldom relied on local tabby or coquina for their houses.
British would add onto a tabby house like Gallegos by building a
second story of wood.
C f~/ Carpentry skills
1I) Relate to technology relied on hand power and tools and local
You're welcome to explore the grounds and the furniture exhibit,
stressing the type of furniture you saw at Ribera House. Go to
Sanchez de Ortigosa to see spinning and weaving craft skills.
E Secondary Topics
1. Food Notice the kitchen and oven shared between the two houses.
It was impractical for each house to have an oven because of
a scarcity of wood to burn.