"Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square)" Saint Augustine Things to Do Tip by Ewingjr98

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Spanish Constitution of 1812 Monument - This is a very interesting and probably one-of-a-kind monument in the world. When Napoleon was removed from power in Spain in 1812 and a constitutional parliamentary government formed, the new parliament quickly declared all plazas in the Spanish empire be renamed Plazas de la Constitución. In Saint Augustine, like all other cities in the empire, the plaza was renamed, and in 1813 the Constitution Monument was constructed. In 1814, however, the parliament was removed, and the King of Spain, Ferdinand VII was restored to power. One of his first royal orders was that all of these constitution monuments be destroyed; the local government of St. Augustine ignored the decree, and it is believed this is the only remaining original monument for Spain's 1812 constitutional government.

Confederate War Memorial - The 25 foot tall obelisk, in the center of the plaza is called the Confederate War Memorial, and it was constructed in 1872. Four plaques around the base of the monument list the town's 45 Civil War dead.

Slave Market Building - Early in the Spanish era a wooden building was constructed for use as a guard post and watchtower, then as a general market. This structure stood on the east edge of the square near the original water line, allowing goods to be unloaded at the market from the boats. The original wooden building collapsed in 1833 and was replaced in 1840 by the present pavilion. It was not built for the purpose of slave trade, but records indicate that slaves were sold here.

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  • Updated Aug 22, 2009
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