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This Day in Georgia History

June 21, 1740

St. Augustine Refused to Surrender

From the Castillo de San Marcos, Spanish Gov. Manuel de Montiano totally rejected James Oglethorpe’s ultimatum of the previous day demanding the surrender of St. Augustine and the fortress. Montiano promised to fight to the end if necessary. Upon receipt of Montiano’s reply, Oglethorpe directed his artillery on Anastasia Island in the harbor to resume firing at the town and fort. The siege of Florida’s capital continued.