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A Brief History of Fort San Marcos

Fort San Marcos History
Fort San Marcos

As mentioned above the construction of Fort San Marcos started in 1672 and completed 23 years till 1695. Numerous Spanish fort went before the Castillo, though, this one made of Coquina was impervious to enemy attack and was fire safe. The fort experienced A fire in 1702 for the first time. British forces, headed by General Moore, blazed the city yet couldn’t enter the Castillo’s dividers. Ensuing assaults in 1728 and 1740 yielded comparable results, and the British were never equipped to take the city of St. Augustine by force. In 1763, Florida turned into a British province with signing the Treaty of Paris, this started a 20-year time of English tenet. Used like a military jail amid the Revolutionary War and at one time it held three endorsers of the Declaration of Independence inside its dividers.

When the Revolutionary War came to an end, Florida was revisited to Spain in 1784 until Florida turned into a United States Territory in 1821. The American’s known as the Castillo, Fort Marion, devoting a Revolutionary Patriot from the Carolinas, General Frances Marion. The U.s. Government made use of Fort Marion as a jail for Native Americans in the late 1800’s. Locals from both Florida and the Great Plains were held at the post amid this time.

The Fort San Marcos was authoritatively taken off the dynamic list of fortification in the year 1900 and it was safeguarded and perceived as a National Monument in the year1924. Congress renamed the stronghold in 1942, returning it to the Spanish name Castillo de San Marcos. At in excess of 315 years of age, the fortress is an enduring historic point of Seventeenth Century St. Augustine.

Today the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument remains as a noteworthy instance of Spanish pioneer construction modeling. The most established masonry in the mainland United States, the delightfully preserved fortification is open for public. 

Not only this, but there are many forts such as Fort Mose, Fort Matanzas and reconstructed parts of the city walls worth exploring.


Castillo de San Marcos is placed at 1 S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, Florida. The fortification is open every day from 8:45 a.m. 5:15 p.m. The affirmation charge is $7 for age group 16 and above and free for children age 15 and under.

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