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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Features

St. Augustine Connections

St. Augustine Connections

History comes alive at our sister park, the Castillo de San Marcos, in historic city of St. Augustine, fourteen miles north of Fort Matanzas.

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Osprey with fish atop dead oak tree

Raptors Get All The Press!

For the third week in a row, osprey are in the news! This time we captured one on film having lunch at its favorite spot.

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Fort Mosé

St. Augustine Connections

In 1738, two miles north of Castillo, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered Fort Mosé, as the first legally free black settlement in North America

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Computer rendering of Ft Matanzas

Ft Matanzas in 3D!

View a 3D rendering of the laser scan performed by the University of South Florida.

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Permits

Wedding, Photography, and Film Permits

Information on these and other special park uses is available online. Just click on the 'Read More' link below.

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turkey vulture and osprey

Lunch Guest!

A turkey vulture paid a lunchtime visit to an osprey who didn't seem very eager to share!

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osprey with fish atop dead tree

Osprey

A good day for an osprey is a bad day for fish! An osprey enjoys fish for lunch while sitting atop a dead tree by the beach parking lot.

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Conflict of Nations

Conflict of Nations

Centuries ago, France and Britain battled the Spanish for control of Spain’s holdings in La Florida, the key to the wealth of the Spanish Caribbean.

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An Ecological Haven

An Ecological Haven

Today, the story of conflict and survival continues as human pressures encroach upon the peacefulness of the woodlands, beach, and salt marsh.

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