The World According to Maiden Fair

Castillo de San Marcos

The Castillo De San Marcos is the oldest Stone fort in the United States. It was built by the Spanish – completed in 1695. Just 7 years later it was put under siege by the British. For nearly 2 months the townspeople and the military lived in the fort – about 1500 people. But while the town was burned, the fort withstood the siege and the British retreated. The fort was under seige several other times in it’s history but has the distinction of being the only fort never to fall in battle. It has changed hands by treaty several time, but never in battle. One more interesting sideline – They are filming Pirates of the Caribbean 4 at the fort – whether it is true or not I don’t know but it would be very interesting to watch a movie filmed at a place I have visited.

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South East Corner of the Castillo

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Mom Checking out the entrance to the gun deck by the drawbridge

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Courtyard – where 1500 people lived for 2 months in 1702

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Gun Deck facing west

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Inner moat of the Castillo – This was a dry moat where the livestock were kept during a siege to keep them from the enemy. There was a wet mote with Spanish Dagger plants growing on the banks of the moat – made an effective barrior to the enemy.

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Gun Deck facing east

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Town side of the Castillo