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Historical illustrations/maps St. Augustine, 1702 for teaching Under Siege!

Documents and lesson plans for teaching Under Siege!

Video resources for

1702 St. Augustine

America's REAL First Thanksgiving Reader's Theater

America’s "Ancient City"

St. Augustine, Florida

Under Siege!  Discussion Guide


A favorite game during the colonial times in UNDER SIEGE!

A fast paced game of skill

Activity: research the game of knucklebones. Learn about its origins, the history behind it, what knucklebones are made from, who in history played it, where in the world it was played, and how to play the game. Make your own set of knucklebones from the butcher shop or purchase a ready made set. Challenge others to a game. Have a tournament.

Where  to Buy KnuckleBones

 Favorite dish in both Under Siege! and America's REAL First Thanksgiving 

YouTube video: Dr. Michael Gannon on St. Augustine's role in history.

Cocido   (pork and garbanzo bean soup)


16-20 ounces garbanzos (chick peas)         

8 cups water                                                   

1 teaspoon pepper                                         

1 teaspoon saffron                                         

1 large clove garlic, minced                          

1 leek, cut into short lengths         

½ head green cabbage, quartered 

1 medium onion, diced

2 large carrots, thickly sliced

2 medium potatoes, diced     

½ pound sausage, sliced

(*fresh chorizo if preferred)             

½ pound salt pork*, diced                      


Drain beans, rinse, and put in large kettle. Add water, spices, and garlic. In skillet, fry salt pork and onions until brown. Drain then add to kettle. Simmer for 45 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer an additional 45 minutes or more depending on desired thickness. Salt to taste.

*Bacon, ham, or pancetta may be substituted for salt pork.

*Regular sausage works nicely. Chorizo has a distinct flavor.

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