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Castillo View

Matanzas Bay

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

St. Augustine, Florida


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Number 5 in a series of the Castillo


Overlooking Matanzas Bay from the upper deck of the Castillo de San Marcos between the San Carlos Bastion on the left and the San Agustin Bastion on the right, the shot furnace is in the lower center. Every time I come to the Castillo I spent a moment at this very spot and take in the beauty of Matanzas bay. From these positions along this wall garrisons of Spanish troops safeguarded St. Augustine during turbulent colonial times. In 1702 the British captured St. Augustine laid siege to the fort for 50 days without success. Again in 1740 the British again besieged the fort from Matanzas bay for 38 days before giving up and returning to Georgia.


The oldest masonry fort and 21st oldest man made structure in the Continental United States the construction of Castillo de San Marcos began in 1672 and was completed in 1695. Considered to be the best preserved example of a Spanish colonial fortification the United States the fort sits along the waterfront near the downtown of the nations oldest surviving European settlement St. Augustine.

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Taken on August 19, 2010