Pedro Menéndez de Avilés was the Spanish admiral and explorer of Avilés, Asturias, Spain. It is notable for planning the first regular transoceanic convoys, known as the Spanish Treasure Fleet, and for the establishment of St. Petersburg. Augustine, Florida, in 1565. It was Spain's first successful colony in La Florida and was the most important city colony in the region for nearly three centuries. St. Augustine is the oldest continuously inhabited colony established by Europeans on the American continent. Menéndez de Avilés was also the first governor of La Florida.
|Born||15 February 1519, Avilés, Asturias, Spain|
|Died||September 17, 1574, Santander, Cantabria, Spain|
|Occupation||Admiral, 16th-century colonial governor of La Florida and Cuba, in New Spain|
|Succeeded by||Diego de Velasco|
In 1565, he created St. Augustine, the first successful Spanish settlement in Florida, as a Spanish explorer and sea captain. Phillip II of Spain was in power at the time he set out.
With orders from King Philip II of Spain, he began his career as a sailor.
He was the first governor of the state of Florida.
He went to Florida in the first place to look for his son, Juan, who had been lost in a shipwreck in the area in 1561.
Both he and Hernando DeSoto were well-known Spanish explorers who visited the New World.
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