Recently there has been news regarding the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Virginia, America's first permanent English colony. Even HM the Queen of England visited the site. So did the President of the United States.
Of course forty-two years earlier in 1565 the city of St. Augustine, Florida was founded, making it the longest continually inhabited European founded city in the United States, or more commonly called the “Nation’s Oldest City.” A few settlements were founded prior to St. Augustine but all failed, including the original Pensacola colony in West Florida (founded 1559), and Fort Caroline in what is today Jacksonville, Florida in 1564.
Some, however, would argue that the US’s oldest European city is San Juan in Puerto Rico. Juan Ponce de León founded a settlement at Caparra (which was later moved to San Juan's current location) five years before he reached St. Augustine.
Not surprising, none of the many news reports I have seen about Jamestown mentions either St. Augustine, San Juan, or cities of indigenous peoples that had older settelements. Acoma Pueblo, also known as “Sky City”, is a Native American pueblo in New Mexico. The Pueblo, believed to have been established in the 12th century or even earlier, is regarded as the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States.
It’s interesting how much of US history is skewed towards a British point of view. I wonder if in 58 years they invite SM el Rey de España for the 500th anniversay of San Agustín.