On Sunday, April 13, 1687, the presidio of St. Augustine, Florida was going about routine activities. Captain Antonio de Arguelles’ infantry company had guard duty, and the captain was at the presidio’s main guardhouse. A galliot, one of the vessels of the garrison’s naval complement, rode at anchor in Matanzas Bay. She was ready to sail that afternoon. Her crew (partly made up of sailors under contract for just that trip), supplies, arms (including 36 flintlock muskets), and ammunition, were already on board. Adjutant Juan Pinto, one of the three regular adjutants, was the galliot’s officer in charge.
Arana, Luis Rafael
"The Day Governor Cabrera Left Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 40:
2, Article 5.
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