Historic Markers Across Florida

Fort Matanzas National Monument

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Location: near the entrance to the east landing of the ferry that shuttles visitors to and from the Fort, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St Augustine, FL
County: St. Johns
Coordinates: N 29° 42.890    W 081° 14.088
  29.71483333    -81.2348
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMKBPK



The Spanish built Fort Matanzas in 1740-42 to control Matanzas inlet, the "back door" to St. Augustine.

Much earlier, in 1565, Spain has bloodily crushed here a French challenge to her control of Florida by killing the remnants of a French colony from Fort Caroline, 40 miles to the north.

For Matanzas became a National Monument in 1924, preserving this unique specimen of a vanished style of military architecture and engineering.


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Wikipedia: Fort Matanzas National Monument
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