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St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

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Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
1. Cannon Marker
Inscription. Although the Castillo's high walls and moat were a substantial obstacle to anyone trying to capture the fort, the cannon here on the gundeck (or terreplein) were the were the real strength of the fort. With a range of over a mile, the cannon could strike at ships in the harbor as well as soldiers on land. The Spanish kept the land cleared of trees for 250 yards beyond the fort so that approaching troops had no natural cover or protection. In 1763, the fort had 77 guns.
 
Location. 29° 53.876′ N, 81° 18.675′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker can be reached from South Castillo Drive (State Road A1A), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at the parapet of Castillo de San Marcos. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Matanzas Bay (a few steps from this marker); St. Charles Bastion (a few steps from this marker); 1740 Siege (a few steps from this marker); La Necesaria (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Shot Furnace (a few steps from this marker); Indian Prisoners
Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
2. Cannon Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Pirate Attacks (a few steps from this marker); Chapel of St. Mark (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Also see . . .  Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, Castles
 
Reproduction Cannon at the Castillo image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
3. Reproduction Cannon at the Castillo
Reproduction cannons allow park service living historians to demonstrate the drills used by crews manning the guns.
Authentic Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
4. Authentic Cannon
The Castillo boasts one of the best collections of 18th and early 19th century artillery in the United States.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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