|I meet an off duty soldier|
Castillo de San Marcos was built by Spain to protect the garrison town of St Augustine. As early as 1586, St Augustine was burned and plundered by the English pirate, Sir Francis Drake and burned again by pirates in 1688.
In 1672, Queen Mariana of Spain authorized a stone fortification to be constructed to protect the military outpost.
The fort is built of Coquina, a rare limestone found on Anastasia Island, one of the barrier islands. Coquina is the Spanish word for "tiny shell" and that is what the stone is made of. Workmen quarried the stone on the island and barged it across the bay to build the Castillo.
Though many have tried, the fort has never been conquered by force.. Only through diplomatic channels has the fort changed hands.
During its long history, Castillo de San Marcos, has been home to soldiers from Spain, England and the United States. It flew a Confederate Flag during the Civil War. In 1933, it became part of the National Park Service.
|State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/7984|
|A view from the top|
|The Cannons at the top and a view of St Augustine|
|A View of the Bridge|
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