Castillo de San Marcos
Whether you’re a kid, a history enthusiast, an artillery-lover, or a random person who’s never had the pleasure of being up close and personal with an 18TH century cannon, the Castillo gun deck is the place for you. When I first visited in 2001, I knew I was going to love this place because I was already in love with the Civil War era artillery at Gettysburg National Military Park. Most if not all of these pieces are much older than that. Unfortunately, I don’t know the age of this particular piece shown on the photo.
Fort Matanzas, built circa 1742, hasn’t had it easy. Last October during Hurricane Matthew was the most recent blow. The ferry service, which was suspended when damages were assessed, just opened recently after eight months of repair. This historic inlet known for the massacre of French Protestants in 1565 has had more than its fair share of unrest, but it has remained beautiful after all these years. The sand, sea, and sky were here long before the Spaniards arrived.
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