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Last Outpost of the Empire – With Cannon Firings

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Date: April 2, 2018

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, British History Comes to Life at Fort Matanzas National Monument. The spring of 1783 finds the American Revolution almost at an end. Feeling abandoned and betrayed by the politicians in London, the Loyalist troops in East Florida are near mutiny.

Visitors will be invited to enter into this turbulent time in Florida's history, where the tiny garrison waits and wonders about their fate. The men of Matanzas' garrison go about their daily routine--cooking, drill, washing, and mending--unaware of the larger questions of statecraft, loyalty and independence.

Guided history walks with a cannon firing take place each hour. The walk concludes across the river from Fort Matanzas where visitors watch the fort’s cannons fire. Be sure to bring binoculars. Six walks are offered: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, & 4pm. Each walk last about 30 minutes and begins at the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center.

A special presentation on “Naval Matters in British East Florida” by Dr. Sam Turner begins at 2pm in the Fort Matanzas Amphitheatre.

Due to extensive damage from Hurricane Irma, the boat service to Fort Matanzas remains closed until further notice.

If using a GPS to locate us, our address is 8635 A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080. The park is located 14 miles south of St. Augustine on Anastasia Island and four miles south of SR 206 on Highway A1A. For additional information, call 904-471-0116 or visit us on Facebook at

Last updated: April 2, 2018

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