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Monday, July 11, 2011

Fort Matanzas in Saint Augustine Florida

When you visit Florida, you will hear people recommending this place. Saint Augustine is popular for those who loves historic places and the beach. Part of the things that you do in this place is a short visit to Fort Matanzas.Matanzas inlet was the scene of crucial events in Spanish colonial history. The massacre of French soldiers here in 1565 was Spain's opening move in establishing a colony in Florida. The construction of Fort Matanzas in 1740-1742 was Spain's last effort to ward off British encroachments on St.Augustine.- National Monument Florida (National Park Service) US Department of the Interior.I used my time by taking pictures as we were waiting for the boat which was still on the Fort. The crossing of the Matanzas inlet is just short minutes and it's FREE.
My husband commented that this Fort is smaller than the Spanish Fort in the Ship Island in Mississippi. Looking at the picture, it is indeed tiny but, played a good defense in the war history between the British invasion.The place is only 50 ft on each side and 30 ft tower and built with a local shell stone called Coquina. It is not the usual stone wall that we see in our homes. Lime for the mortar was made by burning oyster shells.A foundation of close-set pine pilings driven deep into the marshy ground thus, stabilized the Fort Matanzas.This is the boat dock area, the surrounding view is truly worth seeing for! We probably visited the place for more than an hour. The Fort is a small place, I wonder how lonely it was for soldiers who were assigned here.Here's the Anatomy of the Fort which comprises of the following: Parapet wall, white stucco which once covered the walls, powder magazine location, ladder (removable), lookout on the tower roof and two storey watchtower with canons defending the inlet.Therefore, the Fort is a small place with the Chimney, observation deck, powder magazine area, officer's quarter, firearm loopholes, soldier's quarters and a sentry box area.We saw this information as we head to the boat dock.Here is the map of the Fort showing a wide range of history and important dates of significance.
This is the bulletin board for visitors who wanted to explore the park and the fort. me and hubby had a wonderful time in this place. You should visit Fort Matanzas in Saint Augustine Florida.
This is my entry for this weeks Travel Tuesday Meme.

9 comments:

  1. Amy. very nice place.. thanks for sharing.. was here for TT. hope you can see me back.

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  2. sa tinood lang ang place nice but what caught my attention is you in the pics.. hmmm.. sexy pa rin ha...

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  3. That is a nice place to go, Ams! I hope to visit Florida again, soon! :)

    Visiting from TT sharing my Ethel M. Chocolates Factory experience in Las Vegas, NV! See you!

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  4. Hi Amy! Late visit here for TT.

    Like the usual, you never fail to amaze your readers. Love the second pic... magaya nga, hahahah!!

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  5. would love to visit that place...someday! for now, pictures lang muna.. hehehe...visiting from TT!

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  6. Hi Ate Ahmee,
    great pictures, beach and beach, am jealous I want to go swim. Dropping by for TT. Please drop me a line too. Take care

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  7. this looks like a very interesting place to visit.. :)

    Here's my My Tuesday Travel entry - Hanoi, Vietnam

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  8. Thanks for joining last week. Hope to see you again this week. We are still on travel photos so get your travel photos ready. Linky will be up in a while.

    http://www.thetraveldiva.info/2011/07/18/tuesday-travels-travel-photos-autumn-in-london/

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  9. Forts made by the Spaniards looks so similar. It reminds me of Intramuros.

    Late visit from last week's Tuesday Travels. Here's my entry: Taal Volcano from Tagaytay

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