Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 12 – Lot 19
Title: [Memo to MC, SC, SB, BP, CN, VB, DS re: Some thoughts on the Paredes-Dodge House]
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Title: Memo to MC, SC, SB, BP, CN, VB, DS re: Some thoughts on the Paredes-Dodge House
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 12 – Lot 19
Physical Description: Correspondence
Language: English
Creator: Parker, Susan
Publication Date: 1988
Copyright Date: Public Domain
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Box: 4
Divider: Parades-Dedge House, Lot 19 Block 12
Folder: Parades-Dodge Façade
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
54 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Parades-Dodge House
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 54 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.896092 x -81.313202
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Bibliographic ID: UF00094126
Volume ID: VID00037
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: B12-L19

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DATE: September 7, 1988


FROM: Susan Parker

RE: Some thoughts on the Paredes-Dodge House

This is a draft of a memo to Hector. I would like some input
from the research staff.

While the agency, staff and Board, is in a period of
introspection and evaluation, I thought it might be a good time
to suggest that the Board consider the possibility of
interpreting the Paredes-Dodge House as part of the "Spanish
Quarter." It is a colonial building which still looks like a
colonial building and there is still something special to
visitors about standing in a "real" colonial building. Based on
cursory research I submit the following background,

The Paredes-Dodge House takes the first part of its name from its
Minorcan owner, Juan Paredes, who is credited with being the
builder, c. 1803-1813. Paredes was a mariner employed by the
Spanish government on its intraprovincial boats. A search
through our computer index of the East Florida Papers shows quite
a bit of information about Paredes' nautical activities:
ferrying supplies among the defense posts in the hinterland as
well as building supplies from the plantations on the St. Johns
River to the capital. I have not yet pursued other sources of
personal information about Paredes. The comp. index shows that
his son-in-law, Antbnio Caballero, served with him on the SAN
AGUSTIN in 1804. Paredes' longest command appears to have been
the SANTO TOMAS, which made many trips to Amelia Island, on one
voyage carrying "stone" for building material, this was probably
coquina from the St. Aug area.

Many of Paredes fellow immigrant "Minorcans" were government
employees serving as masters or "captains". Paredes could hbe a. :li
good representative of these mariners. We have long felt that '
both the Minorcan element of St. Augustine and the nautical
aspects of this seacoast town should be addressed in the li ing- i
history museum. I think this suggestion deserves further
consideration by th' B rd of Trustees. I i i I

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