Caravaca Cross

History Repeats in St. Augustine

March 31, 2020  Human history is rife with plagues and pandemics. Just say the word “plague” and most people will conjure images of the Bubonic Plague (1347-1351) and Monty Python characters calling “Bring outcha dead!” That was a hilarious scene until you are reminded that over 200 million people lost their lives to this disease. Most recently, the Spanish Flu (1918-1919), with a death toll somewhere between 40-50 million people brought the world to its knees. COVID-19 is the new, unimaginable micro-biotic enemy in our midst. The Ximenez-Fatio House has a unique history with pandemics and infectious disease outbreaks. In our own backyard, an archaeological dig in 2002 unearthed a Caravaca Cross made of white bronze. One of only two such amulets found in North America; the cross was sanctioned by the Spanish Catholic Church to celebrate the end of the plague of the 1660s that ravaged Europe. When this plague is over – and it will be! – let us celebrate by holding high the historic Caravaca Cross in our possession as a reminder that we are all part of history. It’s what we do with our knowledge that will determine if we ever need such a cross again.