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Castillo De San Marcos St Augustine Fl
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© Christine Till
Castillo de San Marcos is solid evidence of a presence in the New World long before the British set foot on the soil of the Americas. America's oldest masonry fort, the Castillo de San Marcos ("Castle of St. Markus") has overlooked the waterfront of historic St. Augustine, Florida, for more than three hundred years.
Work on the Castillo was begun in October of 1672. A pirate attack in 1668 and the founding of Charleston by the English in 1670 had prompted the Queen Regent Mariana of Spain to approve the building of a powerful masonry fortification to defend Florida. Constructed using coquina rock quarried across the bay on Anastasia Island, the fort took 23 years to complete. A spectacular example of Spanish colonial architecture, the fort was the largest ever constructed by Spain in North America.
Today the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument stands as a remarkable example of Spanish colonial architecture. The oldest masonry fort in the continental United States, the beautifully preserved fortress is 'Classic St. Augustine'.
June 21st, 2013
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