LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Tell the bad with the good

 

Editor: Kudos to The Record columnist Susan Parker for her article on how textbooks ignore the history of St. Augustine. However, I would like to add a footnote about the French part of that story.

In 1564, French Huguenots (Protestants) arrived in Florida. In fact, part of Pedro Menendez de Aviles’ mission here was to get rid of those first colonists.

Weather played the biggest part in the outcome, as a hurricane stranded the remnants of the French fleet near the site of what is now Fort Matanzas. According to the St. Augustine Tour Book, “two groups of French survivors, well apart from each other, … surrendered to Pedro Menendez de Aviles, who executed all but the few Catholics among hem. About 170 Frenchmen at Matanzas were put to the sword.”

My point is that the complete story should be told. Omitting this tragic episode from the history of St. Augustine does not help anyone to understand the whole story.

Marion Sousa

St. Augustine Beach

Opinion Editor’s note: The massacre of the French at the Matanzas Inlet is a very notable piece of our history and one that has been extensively written about in most every history we’ve come across

Coulter got it right?

Editor: Re: Ann Coulter’s column on Bannon being Trump’s brain.

Rarely do I agree with Ann Coulter but her column today was spot on. Indeed Trump is an inarticulate, two-dimensional cartoon character. What took Coulter so long?

Nancy Allen Love

St. Augustine

 

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