TENTATIVE VIDEO SCRIPT FOR RIBERA ORIENTATION PROMO PRESENTATION
1. God, Gold, and Glory; these were the primary
objectives of the early European explorers in the
2. Yet for the men and women who came to Florida
in the 16th century, hardwork, hardship and
*hostility were all that they found.
3. For Ponce de Leon in 1513, there was no
Fountain of Youth
4. and for Pedro Menendez, the founder of
St. Augustine in 1565, the simple
survival of his people was a daily
reward unto itself.
5. What Spain originally claimed as La
Florida extended north as far as present
day Newfoundland and west to presentday
6. But England and France had their own
designs on this region, and as each en-
croached upon Spain's territories,
conflicts ensued in both Europe and the
7. The fledgling settlement of St.
Augustine would come under fire many
times during its first 2 centuries of
8. Keep in mind, this city was established
42 years before the first English settled
Jamestown and 55 years before the first
Pilgrims set foot on Plymouth Rock..
9. Though no great wealth was to be
discovered here, Spain maintained this port
for its strategic, political and religious
values as a base of operations on the North
10. The enormous wealth that was being exploited
from Central and South American had to sail by
St. Augustine to get home to Spain so whomever
controlled the coastline here, controlled the
bounty of the Spanish New World.
11. As St. Augustine became known throughout
Europe, many people there imagined it to be a
bustling metropolis. A Dutch artist in 1671
wrongly conceived this place to be a busy port
with high steepled churches and mountains
Priest and conquistadors
in exchange with native
16th century Spanish
soldiers cutting their
way through a swamp, one
man being carried on a
Ponce planting flag on
Menendez talking with his
farmers, their crops
dying in the fields.
Map of North America
with "original" Florida
16th century warfare
Battle at rough frontier
16th century St..
Map of east coast showing
St. Augustine 1565
Ship unloading at a wharf
Map showing Atlantic,
North America, Central
America, South America,
Europe and the Gulf
Stream Current and
prevailing winds with
ships following basic
Print of Dutch Artist
12. But a local resident sometime earlier
sketched a slightly more realistic perspective
of this stark frontier outpost.
13. 9 wooden forts were built here during the
first century of occupation and each in its
turn fell to the forces of fire, dryrot, termites,
pirates, hostile Indians, and the English.
14. In 1672, Spain finally allocated enough money
and manpower to begin construction of a permanent
stone fortress, the Castillo de San Marcos, which
still stands today.
15. The Castillo was the only structure to with-
stand the British siege and burning of this city
16. Continuing British aggression destroyed the
Mission system that Spain had established through-
out Florida's interior
17. and the invaders enslaved the Christian
Indians and wiped out the once prosperous
18, By 1705, St. Augustine and Pensacola were
all that remained of Spanish Florida,
19. and new defense works erected around this
city made life more secure as the local
inhabitants rebuilt their homes,..., again
20. During the 1740's and 50's, the house that
you are in here was the home of a wealthy
Spanish trader and his family.
21. If you had been a guest here then, servants
would have tended your every need and Florida's
good life would have been yours for the asking.
22. But for most San Augustinians in 1740, daily
life was quite different and involved much hard
work and the ability to make do with the
limited resources available locally.
23. Gardens were tended
24. Friendly Indians brought game to trade
25. Oysters were gathered and shucked
26. and most of life's essentials were made by
Local s painting
Scale model or map
showing the locations
of first 9 forts
National Geographic image
of Castillo construction
to image of Castillo
National Geographic image
of defending the fort.
1700 map of missions
2 pictures of Indian
villages burning and
cattle ranches being
Map with St. Augustine
and Pen-sacola circled
Aerial view of old city
showing cubo line,
Wealthy Spaniard with
wife entering Ribera
Inside Ribera dining room
(where AV presentation is
shown) the Ribera family
is dining and being wait-.
man cutting wood in fore
ground while wife is cook-
woman working in the
Indians bringing in a
man on loggia carving a
spoon while wife is weav-
ing a basket with child
27. Houses were made of locally available
materials including tabby, an oystershell
28. and coquina, a shellstone quarried on
29. Since many Spaniards married Indians
homelife often reflected influences of both
30. Yards were swept
31. herbs were used as medicines as they had
been for centuries
32. and catholic saints adorned the walls of
33. Many free blacks lived in old St. Augustine
and in the 1730's they established their own
community at Ft. Mose north of town.
34. During times of scarcity in the 18th
century, residents often turned to illicit trade
with the British to acquire goods.
35. Though usually illegal, English merchandise
could often be found in local shops
36. and privateers were a common site in town
37. What was life really like in 18th century
Spanish St. Augustine?
38. How was it different from your life today?
39. Step back into the past in our restored 18th
century neighborhood where guides in period dress
recreate for you life as it would have been had
you visited here two and a half centuries ago.
Tickets are available.and tours begin across the
street at the Gallegos House
41. From there your path will lead through the
42. the gardens
43. the working shops
in swinging crib nearby
men building a tabby wall
A Spanish man, an
Indian woman and the
catholi c priest talk ng
a woman sweeping a yard
a sick man lying on a
palata being administered
herbs by wife
A family praying in front
of a Santos.
A black couple exiting
guarded city gates, ex-
changing greeting with the
Map of east coast showing
ships sailing between
Charlestown and St.
trading in our tienda
and a privateer carrying
a bag enters.
Woman washing clothes
tourists pulling water
from barrel well
preparing food while
talking to tourist
inside Gallegos House
person work:i ng garden
quick shots of:
44. and an import store of old St., Augustine.
45. Bienvenidos, welcome to San Agustin Antiguo
46. the State of Florida's living history
adventure on the first American Frontier.
Trading in store
staff at Museum entrance
smiling and waving
Logo and State Seal