Thursday, January 14, 2016

January 15, 2016

Castillo de San Marcos

Did you know that the Castillo’s four bastions are named for saints? This is Baluarte de San Pedro (Bastion of St. Peter). The bottom half of the wall dates from the 1670-90s, but the walls were raised in the mid-1700s. History tells us the walls were originally white and the towers were painted red, and you can still see a lot of the red paint on this particular tower. You can also see some of the coquina retaining walls at left. There’s nothing in this shot that wouldn’t have existed hundreds of years ago, except that the Castillo has of course aged considerably in its appearance.

Fountain of Youth

One of my favorite parts of the Fountain of Youth complex is the Timucua Indian village. Although many Americans are familiar with French, Spanish, and English history, this is a culture you don’t learn about in the history books. Interesting fact: The word “Timucua” was given to this tribe of Native Americans by European explorers. No one has the foggiest idea how they referred to themselves. Here we see the inside of a Timucua dwelling, complete with all kinds of items which add visual interest. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather walk in on a fully-arrayed Timucua warrior than a helmeted Spanish conquistador . . . especially with some of my ancestors being Huguenots and all . . .

(c) 2015-2016 St. Augustine Fridays

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