Coquina was discovered on Anastasia Island in 1580. Governor Pedro Menendez de Marquez ordered its official use because it was fireproof and readily available. It proved to be one of the best construction materials used by the Spanish. Coquina is comprised of mollusk shell and quartz sand and is naturally found along the northeast coast of Florida, from St. Johnï¿½s County to as far south as Palm Beach. It can be seen to this day along parts of the Florida Coast.
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