• Cannon firing on the gundeck of the Castillo de San Marcos

    Castillo De San Marcos

    National Monument Florida

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Like all early exploration and settlement, cultural contact and conflict are the hallmarks of Florida's development and the Castillo's existence. From this page you will connect to the stories of the Timucuan, Spanish, Seminole, French, British, Apache and other groups whose paths have intersected in northeast Florida.

Did You Know?

Coquina is a mixture of broken shell sand and calcium, making it nature's version of concrete

The word coquina means "tiny shell" in Spanish. It was the name they gave to the small clam that was abundant on the northeast Florida beaches. It is the predominant shell in the rock also called coquina used to build the Fort. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Florida