Castillo de San Marcos: The Oldest Fort in the Continental United States

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I admit it. I’ve been procrastinating on these Florida posts like it’s nobody’s business. Believe me; it’s not that I don’t want to tell you all about the amazing adventures we had in the semi-tropics.

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It’s that we saw so much, did so much, and tookย so many pictures, I don’t even know where to begin. Since I already covered our trip to Savannah, I suppose the second day is as good a place as any.ย ๐Ÿค”

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After our stop in Savannah that Monday afternoon, and arriving on Amelia Island that Monday evening, we travelled further south to visit Saint Augustine, the following Tuesday.

On the Streets of Saint Augustine

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These pictures are of the luxurious Casa Monica hotel, Flagler College, and the USCG E2C Memorial. While these organisations have nothing but location in common, the Spanish architecture makes one blend effortlessly into the other.

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After our taste of Spain, we ventured through alleyways littered with shops and wares on either side. Unfortunately, we were both so pleasantly preoccupied, neither of us pulled out the camera until we got to the very end of the alleyway and ran into a creepy wooden building:ย The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the U.S.

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The Spanish Fort

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By the end of the alley, we could see the old Spanish Fort across the street. The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is a tribute to three centuries of Spanish occupation of Florida, and stands as proud as it did when it was originally built, in the 17th century.

The fortress, with its 30 feet high and 14 feet thick walls of solid rock, kept close company with the coastline. The blue water helped to soften the cold, brooding aura these buildings often evoke. You just can’t beat real estate with a view!

After roaming the historical landmark, it was time to visit the place I was most excited to see in Saint Augustine:ย Anastasia State Park. But that’s a post for another day — specifically next Friday.

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PS:- I know you guys don’t fancy me making travel posts with my face conspicuously absent, but by the remaining Florida posts, you’ll be so sick of seeing me that you’ll be grateful for this brief respite. I promise!ย ๐Ÿ˜…

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32 thoughts on “Castillo de San Marcos: The Oldest Fort in the Continental United States

  1. Beautiful! It is always very interesting to visit a place with a bit oh history. Amazing how they made things to last centuries ago. I suppose that’s what I find fascinating in Europe: History is embedded in the walls!

    1. Yes, that’s what fascinates me about Europe as well. My British friend always says America is a lot younger than it thinks it is. His house is older than America, is a common joke he makes haha. A true joke though.

      I’m surprised you didn’t comment on the Spanishiness of everything haha

  2. Always amazes me about anti-immigrant sentiment in parts of the U.S. which were owned by Spain! Who were the latecomers to Florida? Not the indigenous people, nor the Spaniards, nor the Spaniard’s slaves. It was those pale faced folks.

    1. Does Florida have a lot of anti-immigrant sentiment? I’m not really sure. I actually saw more diverse groups out together there than Atlanta.

      Jamaica was also originally owned by Spain before Britain stole us. Thankfully, we missed that anti-immigrant sentiment. The Dominican Republic, however, does seem to embrace it.

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