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Ponce de Leon
The St. Augustine 450th Commemoration is planned as a four-year celebration, beginning 2012 with the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Spanish Constitution; continuing 2013 with the 500th Anniversary of the landing of Juan Ponce de Leon, the discoverer of Florida and, by all official accounts, mainland America; continuing 2014 with the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act; and ending in 2015 with the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565 as the oldest, continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States. The St. Augustine 450th Commemoration is a prism through which we see not only the past, but the future. It provides both a remembrance of historic events and a means by which we can guarantee the future of America's First City. It is an opportunity to make St. Augustine an even better place to live and visit. For more information, visit www.staugustine-450.com.