El Camino Real
In the 1600s, Spanish Florida’s Royal Road, or Camino Real, connected St. Augustine with the Missions of North Florida. From the time St. Augustine was established in 1565, Spanish military and religious authorities began extending their reach beyond the town limits. They developed various modes of transportation between their widely dispersed settlements, which eventually included missions, forts, and ranches.
In the 1680s, Florida Governor Diego de Quiroga y Losada contracted the services of military engineer Enrique Primo de Rivera to build a formal road across north Florida that was suitable for oxcarts.
Although the project was never finished, people and goods continued to flow to and from the capital at St. Augustine, along the main corridor known as the Camino Real.
Today there are very few remnants of the original Spanish road visible in our state. Those which have been verified are featured in a new trail marked at sites in St. Augustine, Ichetucknee Springs State Park near Lake City and Mission San Luis in Tallahassee. More information about the history of El Camino Real is forthcoming on this website
Experience El Camino Real through the Mission San Luis Virtual Tour.