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Anton Ryzbak22 May 2019 3:33 p.m. PST

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I just posted a fairly comprehensive walk around (and inside) of the Castillo de San Marcos in Saint Augustine Florida. It is the oldest European city in the the United States and the fortress dates back to 1672.

take a look if you are into such things link

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2019 4:25 p.m. PST

Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

Kevin

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2019 6:24 p.m. PST

I chanced upon this wonderful fort during a trip to the area about 10 years ago. Thanks for the memories.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2019 4:44 a.m. PST

Ah, memories of my childhood. I still remember the name after all these years. I did not find the Fountain of Youth. Did you?

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2019 6:24 a.m. PST

I'm heading to Disneyworld this summer and I've planned one of the days to go up to St. Augustine. It's about 120 miles from Disneyworld but easy driving, all Hwy. to the town. It's less then a two hour drive. When I was living in Florida I visited St. Augustine a number of times. I use to provide painted Spanish troops to one of the stores in town and they sold them quite rapidly, so I had to keep supplying them often.

Prince Alberts Revenge23 May 2019 7:41 a.m. PST

I had the opportunity to visit the Fort a few times and it's really something very awesome and unique to see on US soil. A little further north is the remains of Fort Frederica. Both sites played their part in the Battle of Bloody Marsh and the War of Jenkins Ear. Always something I wanted to game. Maybe Sharpe's practice or Chosen Men would be an appropriate set for the smallish actions.

Anton Ryzbak23 May 2019 8:27 a.m. PST

rustymusket
I have been to the tourist trap "Fountain of Youth" and have actually consumed the water, it hasn't seemed to have worked (my wife insist that I act like a child however!)

Doug MSC
As long as you are in the area (and if you have the time) don't forget to drop by the Castillo's little brother, Fort Matanzas link

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2019 2:04 p.m. PST

Thanks Anton, I was looking at Fort Matanzas since it is only a little south of St. Augustine. I've never been there before.

Anton Ryzbak23 May 2019 9:12 p.m. PST

Doug MSC, It is a good bet to call ahead before going to Matanzas, the fort is on an island and the ferry service can be irregular due to weather conditions and staffing

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2019 6:24 a.m. PST

Thanks for the heads up!

Bismarck25 May 2019 9:57 a.m. PST

Thank you, Anton,
Saw the fort back in grade school, sixty odd years ago. Brought back some distinct memories, particularly the ornate bronze cannons, sentry box, watchtowers and the redoubt. Thanks again for the photo journey. Lots of detail that a 4th grader missed. Looking at the size of it, we may have not seen all of it.

Bill N25 May 2019 2:00 p.m. PST

One of my regrets is that I never made it to San Marcos. We used to drive past St. Augustine when we would go visit my in=laws, but I could never convince the family to take a side trip for a few hours.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2019 2:29 p.m. PST

Terrific photos and description. Many thanks for your blog.

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