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Timucuan artifacts, Pedro Menendez outline city’s story

By PETER GUINTA, St. Augustine Register

A reflective yet self-justifying “Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles” took the stage Monday at Flagler College Auditorium and recounted details of his founding of St. Augustine in September 1565, his successful attack against Fort Caroline and his massacre of 150 shipwrecked French sailors.

Television actor Chaz Mena portrayed Menendez as passionate, noble, ambitious, callous and devout.“I am not a conquistador,” he told the packed 800-seat auditorium. “I want to be your founding father.”

The presentation was the second of seven in the Discover First America: Legacies of Florida series.Just before “Menendez” spoke, Kathleen Deagan, the University of...

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