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St. Augustine Pirate Museum: Fun for history lovers and kids

One of two known skull and crossbone flags is on display at the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum.

One of two known skull and crossbone flags is on display at the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum.

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 23, 2015 – You’ll find pirate festivals in Tampa and pirate wannabes in Key West, but no Florida city has seen more actual pirates than St. Augustine.

Francis Drake sacked and burned the place in 1586; a century later it was pirate Robert Searles’ turn.  Pirates were back in 1683 and 1686.

Finally, the Spanish built a fort – the magnificent Castillo de San Marcos, now a national historic site  – partly to keep out the plundering pirates.

With all that pirate history, then, it makes sense to have a pirate museum in this popular tourist destination.

The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum appeals to history lovers and kids, and if you fall into one of those categories, you might choose it from among the several dozen attractions vying for your tourist dollars.

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