SIEGE! The Story of St. Augustine in 1702 by Wilma Pitchford Hays

SIEGE! The Story of St. Augustine in 1702

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The British siege of St. Augustine in 1702 is dramatized, but unfortunately never animated, through the experience of Juan Olfonso whose father has sailed to Havana to summon a rescue fleet. There are several occasions when Juan's individuality shines through--once when he is nearly captured by a hostile Indian while outside the fort, and again when he carves a wooden madonna to symbolically replace the statue that has been burned with his home. But for the most part the siege exists in a kind of limbo--with neither Juan's personal adventure nor the historical significance of the confrontation ever emerging from the shadows. Of limited, perhaps local, interest.

Pub Date: April 23rd, 1976
Page count: 94pp
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan