Mitigating Hurricane Risk in Colonial St. Augustine, Florida

Author(s): Sarah Taylor; Carl Halbirt

Year: 2016


This poster explores hurricane risk mitigation in colonial St. Augustine, Florida, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The city was primarily under Spanish rule during these centuries, although brief British and American periods are also represented. While St. Augustine is not a hurricane hot spot it does suffer occasional blows. Its waterfront location and the importance of shipping and fishing to the local economy made the town vulnerable to hurricane-associated wind and flooding. By considering a combination of historical and archaeological data we piece together a picture of how the town attempted to reduce its vulnerability to these hazards through modifying the built environment, and how effective their efforts might have been.

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Mitigating Hurricane Risk in Colonial St. Augustine, Florida. Sarah Taylor, Carl Halbirt. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405185)

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disaster Historic

Geographic Keywords
North America - Southeast

Spatial Coverage

min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;