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

    Castillo De San Marcos

    National Monument Florida

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    Afternoon Thunderstorms can create dangerous amounts of lightning strikes. If Lightning is visible from the Castillo, Gundeck closures will take place. Click this link for the local weather forcast. More »

People

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?

Old Engraving showing supplies being landed from a Spanish galleon

Tax Evasion: The Spanish King received a quinto, a 20% tax, on all cargoes of private ships. Archaeology has found that much more was transported than archive invoices show. Merchants resorted to smuggling to transport their riches untaxed. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Florida