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Perhaps St. Augustine’s most celebrated French citizen, and undoubtedly one of its most unusual residents was Charles Louis Napoleon Achille Murat, the crown prince of Naples. The famous prince resembled his powerful uncle, Napoleon Bonaparte, and was known for shared mannerisms as well. Murat came to St. Augustine in the spring of 1824, arriving in America only the year before, in flight from the hardships brought on by the fall of the Napoleonic Empire, and continued to live in the city sporadically from this date through the 1830’s.
In town, Murat quickly became woven into the social fabric of St. Augustine. He joined the Masonic lodge, became a bondsman of the city treasurer and dabbled in local politics until he was involved in controversy when accused of voting fraudulently in an election.
Locally, he was known for his peculiar behaviors. According to St. Augustine folklore, Murat beat the Florida heat and insects by lowering himself into the Matanzas River seated in a chair and with mosquito netting on his head. Another oddity, as a neighbor once noted, was his obsession with the ‘eatibility of the whole animal tribe.’ During meals, Murat was known to consume baked turkey buzzard, boiled owl, roasted crow, stewed alligator, lizards and rattlesnakes – a far cry from the prince’s supposed regal manner. Also noted was his aversion to bath water and his reluctance to change clothes.
While living in New Orleans and Tallahassee, Murat studied and wrote about law and government, publishing A Moral and Political Sketch of the United States of North America (1832) and several other works. After unsuccessfully pursuing the Bonaparte inheritance in Europe in the late 1830’s, Murat and his wife Catherine, relative of George Washington and the first American to become a princess, retired to their Tallahassee plantation. There, Murat’s health declined and he died April 15, 1847 at the early age of 46. He is buried in the Episcopal cemetery in Tallahassee, alongside his wife, who died 20 years later.
Prince Murat House, Old St. Augustine Village, 250 St. George Street
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