Several years ago, in an article in the Quarterly, Abbot Charles H. Mohr, O. S. B., gave an interesting account of the work of the Franciscans in Florida during the first Spanish regime and described the strange history of their monastic buildings, which were converted into barracks during the British period and still give the name, and probably considerably more than the name, to the present day St. Francis Barracks on Marine street in St. Augustine. These barracks thus furnish a link of unusual interest between the present day and both the transitory regime of the British in East Florida and the earlier rule of the Spaniards. Since they are now celebrating the 175th anniversary of their use for military purposes some account of their reconstruction by the British for. their present service, as well as of the building of the other barracks erected in St. Augustine during the British period, may perhaps be of interest.
Mowat, Charles L.
"St. Francis Barracks, St. Augustine,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 21:
3, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol21/iss3/5