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|Nation's Oldest City: Raids by pirates commonplace in the early days|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
St. Augustine has fun re-enacting raids on the city by pirates — or if you prefer, buccaneers, brigands, corsairs or freebooters. Last weekend saw the re-enactment of the May 29, 1668, raid by Robert Searles. Searles also went by the name John Davis, but surely most pirates used more than one name.
The attack by Searles and his compatriots was the event that convinced the Spanish crown to improve its defenses in St. Augustine by funding a masonry fortress and by increasing troop strength.
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