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This Day in Georgia History

June 20, 1740

Oglethorpe Demanded Surrender of St. Augustine

During the siege of St. Augustine, James Oglethorpe sent an ultimatum to Florida Gov. Manuel de Montiano to surrender the town and its Castillo de San Marcos fortress. From Anastasia Island in the harbor, Oglethorpe’s artillery began a bombardment of the town and fort, which Spanish artillery in the fortress returned.