FLOR500, Garden 306 Pedro Menéndez Marquez, Spanish Colonial Official (1500s) In 1577, Pedro Menéndez Marquez, nephew of St. Augustine founder, Pedro Menéndez de Aviles, became the new governor of the colony of La Florida. He served in that position until 1594. His descendants dominated the colony for nearly 150 years, through marriage ties, treasury and military offices, trade, and cattle ranching. They established the cattle ranch of La Chua, on what is now Paynes Prairie in Alachua County, which supplied much of St. Augustine’s beef.
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Pedro Menéndez Marquez, Spanish Colonial Official

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Pedro Menéndez Marquez, Spanish Colonial Official

(1500s)

In 1577, Pedro Menéndez Marquez, nephew of St. Augustine founder, Pedro Menéndez de Aviles, became the new governor of the colony of La Florida. He served in that position until 1594. His descendants dominated the colony for nearly 150 years, through marriage ties, treasury and military offices, trade, and cattle ranching. They established the cattle ranch of La Chua, on what is now Paynes Prairie in Alachua County, which supplied much of St. Augustine’s beef.





 




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