Fifteen years ago I was in Germany on a business trip. My client took me to a small town outside of Bonn named Bad Munster Eiffel. This tiny Bavarian hamlet had a wall around it and at the main gate, a cornerstone was marked 1050 A.D. It occurred to me that that this town had been there long before the trees that built the Mayflower had even been planted.
I further contemplated the fact that the history of the United States is brief in comparison to the rest of the world. In this country there are few places where you can see and taste the Old World from which ours was formed. But there is one place where you can see modern American history cross that of old Europe. That place is St. Augustine, Fla.