St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Much earlier, in 1565, Spain had bloodily crushed here a French challenge to her control of Florida by killing the remnants of a French colony from Fort Caroline, 40 miles to the north.
Fort Matanzas became a National Monument in 1924, preserving this unique specimen of a vanished style of military architecture and engineering.
Location. 29° 42.888′ N, 81° 14.091′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker can be reached from A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway (State Road A1A) 4 miles south of State Road 206, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Fort Matanzas National Monument grounds, on the west side of the Visitor's Center, overlooking the Matanzas River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8635 A1A South, Saint Augustine FL 32080, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Closing the Door / Protegiendo el acceso (a few steps from this marker); Crumbling Coquina / Piedra frágil (a few steps from this marker); Massacre by Menendez (about 600 feet away, measured Old World Showdown / Reyes y fe (about 600 feet away); Massacre of the French (approx. 0.4 miles away); Marineland-The World’s First Oceanarium (approx. 3.4 miles away); Marineland (approx. 3½ miles away); Princess Place Estate (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
More about this marker. Marker is a large painted wooden panel mounted on a waist-high post.
Regarding Fort Matanzas National Monument. Fort Matanzas (Spanish, 1740) guards Matanzas Inlet, southern mouth of Matanzas River, rear entrance to St. Augustine's primary defense, Castillo de San Marcos.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Fort Matanzas National Monument
Also see . . .
1. Fort Matanzas National Monument - St. Augustine, Florida. History (Submitted on February 23, 2018, by Kenneth Ramagost of Unknown, Louisiana.)
2. Historic Fort Matanzas National Monument in 4k UHD Video. (Submitted on February 23, 2018, by Kenneth Ramagost of Unknown, Louisiana.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Forts, Castles • Landmarks • Settlements & Settlers •
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