A Timeless Vigil
Coastal Florida was a major field of conflict as European nations fought for control in the New World. As part of this struggle, Fort Matanzas guarded St. Augustine’s southern river approach. The colonial wars are over, but the monument is still protecting—not just the historic fort, but also the wild barrier island and the plants and animals who survive there amidst a sea of modern development.Read More
Did You Know?
Because his arrival occurred at the time of the Easter feast or Pascua Florida, Ponce de León named the land, which he claimed for Spain, La Florida or “Place of Flowers” Ft Matanzas National Monument, Florida