Death of former first lady brought tension to St. Augustine in 1689

St. Francis Barracks, now home to Florida National Guard Headquarters, is seen in 1885 at St. Francis and Marine streets in St. Augustine. The site...

September 11, 2022
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St. Francis Barracks, now home to Florida National Guard Headquarters, is seen in 1885 at St. Francis and Marine streets in St. Augustine. The site is the former site of old Franciscan Monastery, constructed in 1588. Juana waited. She had once been the "first lady" of Spanish Florida as the wife of Gov. Pablo Hita Salazar. Now, in 1689, she was deceased and power struggles swirled around her burial. Funerals often bring about arguments over status and authority — who is permitted to attend, who sits where, who speaks.

Susan Parker