One of the most notable explorers and colonists was Pedro Menéndez de Avilés who, in 1565, was ordered by Spain’s king to destroy the French Huguenot colony. When he took over the fort, his troops acquired large quantities of flour, barrels of biscuits, bushels of wheat, a flour mill and some hogs. Menéndez founded Saint Augustine and named it in honor of the saint whose feast day it was when he first sighted land. This happened 42 years before Jamestown was settled in 1607, and over 50 years before the Plymouth landing in 1620, making it the oldest European settlement in America. Menéndez is responsible for the first permanent settlement of Saint Augustine and, possibly, the first Thanksgiving dinner with the Timucua.
A Culinary History of Florida