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The history of Florida begins at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. Constructed by the Spanish in 1672, over a century after the city's founding by the Spanish conquistadores, the fort came under British control in 1763. Twenty years later, the fort went back to Spanish hands. It was a U.S. army base between 1821 and 1924, when the U.S. government declared it a national monument. The fort became part of a national park after nearly 250 years of military service. The deactivated fort now attracts tourists with its storied history and well-preserved military architecture. Explore the history of this structure by walking among its stone walls, or join a guided walk with one of the park's rangers. Make Castillo de San Marcos National Monument a part of your St. Augustine vacation plans using our St. Augustine trip itinerary maker website.
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This was my first trip to St. Augustine. Upon our arrival, we first went to the Castillo de San Marcos. This old fort that protected the town is loaded with history. There are many rooms each having..... more
This was my first trip to St. Augustine. Upon our arrival, we first went to the Castillo de San Marcos. This old fort that protected the town is loaded with history. There are many rooms each having..... more »
Nice display. It was nice to wander around and go at our own pace. The information was all interesting and easy to follow.
Nice display. It was nice to wander around and go at our own pace. The information was all interesting and easy to follow. more »
One of my favorite forts! This location has so many interesting places to walk around and check out throughout the whole fort as you learn so much from every place you look in! I managed to come in for free on National Park Day so definitely take advantage when it happens! Make sure to arrive on some days where they demonstrate a cannon launch! It’s an experience I would never forget! Definitely bring your national park stamp book if you have one to get the stamp!
If you visit just one place in St. Augustine it has to be Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. The history, the architecture, the location. It's spectacular. There is so much to see in every room and a lot of information to read about the history and the lives of the soldiers, prisoners, settlers, etc. The cannons are a work of art. Just to be around something that has been built in 1500-1600's and is still around is incredible. You can easily spend a couple of hours there. There is also a cute gift shop. There are a lot of volunteers that will gladly answer any questions you might have. I wish we had our kids with us, they would have loved to tour it.
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