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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Spanish Quarter?

The Spanish Quarter was a living history museum dedicated to showcasing lifeways in 18th century St. Augustine, Florida. The museum contained historic structures, various trade shops, gardens, and open acreage. It was in operation from 1963 to 2011.

  • What is the Colonial Quarter?

The Colonial Quarter is the most recent iteration of the Spanish Quarter. It is an outdoor attraction that focuses on the history of St. Augustine from 1565 to 1784, and contains many of the Spanish Quarter’s original structures. Unlike the Spanish Quarter, the Colonial Quarter is not a living history museum.

  • What is the historic significance of St. Augustine, Florida?

St. Augustine is the oldest continually-occupied European-established settlement in the United States of America. It was founded on 8 September 1565 by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, and celebrates its 450th anniversary in 2015.

  • I am a former volunteer/employee of the Spanish Quarter. Why don’t I see my notes/research/documentation?

During the site’s transition from the Spanish Quarter to the Colonial Quarter, many files were pruned or misplaced. This site represents an effort to preserve the records that remain before they are lost or rendered unreadable through age and wear. If you have an item pertinent to the Spanish Quarter that you would like added to this digital archive, please contact site curator Amanda LaPorta at a.r.laporta@gmail.com.

  • What is Omeka?

Omeka is an open-source publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections.

  • What is Dublin Core?

Dublin Core is a data set composed of fifteen elements used to describe digital resources. The Spanish Quarter archives utilize thirteen Dublin Core elements.

  • What are this site’s affiliations?

The Spanish Quarter archives represent an independent project created and completed by Amanda LaPorta in July 2015. The site is not affiliated with any academic or municipal institution, and exists solely to promote continuous learning and research.