Castillo de San Marcos, St Augustine, Florida

 
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This beautiful fort was built in a star shape to keep a more vigilant eye on its enemies. It was never built to house soldiers who lived nearby in their own homes with their families. Those on duty shared one large sleeping barracks alongside the primary fort's jail, though many other rooms were used to house prisoners - mostly Indian - from the Seminole Wars.

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Guest - Apr 08, 2007 12:13 PM EDT
I'm glad you liked it, Alex. It's an interesting fort with a great history. Vicki
Guest - Apr 08, 2007 11:13 AM EDT
WOW!! very nice.
Guest - Apr 04, 2007 08:28 PM EDT
Thank you Steve and Carol for your comments. Yup - the palm trees are rising out of the covert. This is a moated fort, but it was mostly used to keep livestock safe during sieges. When enemies approached from the Atlantic, seawalls would be opened to fill it with water for added protection. The lighthouse is across the bay to the right. Vicki
Guest - Apr 04, 2007 07:45 PM EDT
Lovely photo! Carol
Guest - Apr 03, 2007 06:27 PM EDT
Good point of view, and an interesting subject. I like the little glimpse of the sea in the distance, and the three palm (?) trees on the left.

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