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Nation's oldest city celebrates 448th birthday

Dozens of actors portrayed the Europeans' first steps on North American soil. (Stacey Sather, Florida Living History, Inc.)
Dozens of actors portrayed the Europeans' first steps on North American soil. (Stacey Sather, Florida Living History, Inc.)
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Updated: 9/07/2013 3:56 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine on Saturday celebrated 448 years since Pedro Menendez stepped foot on Northeast Florida and declared the land for Spain.

Dozens of actors portrayed the Europeans' first steps on North American soil at a special ceremony at the mission located along Ocean Avenue in St Augustine.

The ceremony was followed by a special mass at the mission's outdoor alter.

St. Augustine has spent years planning for the city's 450th anniversary and expects thousands of tourists to attend ceremonies in the year 2015.
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