on October 29, 2000
In 1669 the Queen Regent of Spain charged the new governor of Florida, Manuel de Cendoya with the assignement of seeing that an 'adequate fortification' was constructed in St. Augustine. This fort was needed as protection from pirate attacks and to protect Spanish territory from encroachment by the English at Charles Town (now called Charleston, S.C.). A fort was built of coquina (compressed sea shells) and frequently attacked. It is now a National Monument with some refurbished rooms and several exhibits explaining the forts colorful history. You can climb on top of the fort and enjoy the view over the bay or admire the cannons that have been placed here.
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