• 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?

Hundreds of needle like points sprout from the wild yucca plant

The Spanish planted yucca around their forts and on top of protective walls. Yucca aloifolia grows in thickets reaching 20 ft tall. The trunk is armed with 2 ft. long needle-sharp pointed leaves thus earning it the name "Spanish Bayonet." Castillo de San Marcos National Momument, Florida