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?
Matanzas is Spanish for "slaughters" or "killings" and refers to the execution of over 250 Frenchmen by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, founder of St. Augustine. Ft Matanzas National Monument, Florida