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Fort Matanzas - Saint Augustine Florida
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Located on a pristine coastal island south of St. Augustine, Florida, Fort Matanzas has guarded the southern approaches to America's oldest city since 1740. Built to protect and provide advance warning to Saint Augustine in the event of an attack from the south, the historic fort is the centerpiece of a beautiful and scenic national park.
Matanzas ... in English "Slaughter" ... Murder. You get the idea. Yes, the name says it all, battles, blood and well ... history. Spanish soldiers massacred more than 200 shipwrecked
French sailors and soldiers at Matanzas Inlet in 1565.
Fort Matanzas, measuring 50 feet on each side with a 30-foot high tower, was completed ahead of schedule in 1742. It mounted five cannon, four six-pounders and one 18-pounder.
The fort was barely complete when its garrison engaged in its only battle. The Spanish defenders of Fort Matanzas drove away a British fleet in 1742 with a single shot from one of the
fort's cannon. It was the only hostile shot ever fired from the fort.
Fort Matanzas National Monument is an unknown gem. And I think you'll agree after visiting this place for a couple of hours. Some of the best things in life are still free.
July 17th, 2013
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