Traveling through History
The East Coast, Driving American History
The East Coast, as everyone knows, is full of American history. One of the incredible things about being able to drive down it is making the connections in history. Last year we visited Plimouth Plantation which spurred our curiosity about why the US considers this the beginning of America when there is Jamestown. After visiting Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne we became interested with going to Roanoke Island and learning about the Lost Colony so we drove down to the Outer Bank of North Carolina. With all the issues with weather conditions for Plymouth, Jamestown and Roanoke we wondered why the British went so far north, wouldn’t it make sense to head south? At Fort Raleigh that question was answered but now we had this odd break in the timeline from 1492 to 1587.
As we traveled south through North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia we searched for the answer. Then we hit Florida. We originally headed here to escape the harsh winter of Chicago but the warm weather wasn’t the only thing that we found. The wonderful town of St. Augustine and the Castillo de San Marcos, had our answer. We had crossed into Spanish territory and Spanish history. The Castillo and St. Augustine were very different from the other historic sites and towns we had visited. You could see so much of the Spanish influence.
Without a plan of where we were going to go, we had inadvertently traveled down the timeline for the “New World.”