• Fort Matanzas

    Fort Matanzas

    National Monument Florida

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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.

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Did You Know?

Modern concrete replicas of the original palm logs form a reconstruction of the town wall in St Augustine.

Spanish St Augustine was the first of only three walled cities ever constructed in North America. The other two are Charleston, South Carolina (British) and Quebec City, Canada (French). Ft Matanzas National Monument, Florida