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Florida's First Muster -1

Historical re-enactors from Florida Living History, and Florida Guard soldiers and airmen, line the parade field in front of the St. Francis Barracks, during the Florida National Guard's First Muster ceremony in St. Augustine, Fla., Sept. 13, 2013. The “first muster” took place on Sept. 16, 1565, when Pedro Menendez de Aviles gathered around him the soldiers of his small Spanish army, as well as the civilian settlers who accompanied him to the newly established presidio town of St. Augustine. (Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa)



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This work, Florida's First Muster -1 [Image 7 of 7], by MSgt Thomas Kielbasa, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.13.2013

Date Posted:09.15.2013 11:36

Photo ID:1018658

VIRIN:130913-Z-RH998-026

Resolution:4779x3264

Size:2.84 MB

Location:ST. AUGUSTINE, US

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