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

Fortress Facelift / Nuevo dueño, obras nuevas

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

 
 
Fortress Facelift Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, December 12, 2018
1. Fortress Facelift Marker
Inscription.  
Fortress Facelift (English)
Through treaty, Spain ceded Florida to the United States in 1821. Built to defend the city, the Castillo remained a defensive post when ownership changed. Renamed Fort Marion, the Americans made the Castillo part of the US coastal defense system. They brought the fort's defenses up to date by thickening the seawall, filling in this section of the moat, and building granite and iron semi-circular gun platforms. Mounted only seven feet above sea level, the howitzers and cannons here in the "water battery" could threaten ships miles away.

Nuevo dueño, obras nuevas (Spanish)
Por un tratado, España entregó la Florida a los Estados Unidos en 1821. Construido para defender la ciudad, el castillo continuó siendo un puesto defensivo cuando cambió de posesión. Los americanos hicieron del castillo parte de su sistema nacional de defensa costera y lo renombraron Fort Marion. Modernizaron las defensas, engrosando la muralla marítima, rellenando esta sección del foso y construyendo arcos semicirculares de hierro y granito. Montados solo dos metros
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sobre el nivel del mar, los obuses y cañones de la “batería flotante” podían amenazar naves enemigas a kilómetros de distancia.
 
Erected 2018 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesHispanic AmericansWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1893.
 
Location. 29° 53.858′ N, 81° 18.662′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. It is in the Historic District. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Castillo Drive (State Road A1A) (Business U.S. 1) and Cuna Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located on the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument grounds, on the east side of the fort. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 S Castillo Dr, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Guarding the Back Door / Vigilando dos entradas (a few steps from this marker); Sentry Box (a few steps from this marker); St. Augustine's Bastion (a few steps from this marker); Pirate Attacks (a few steps from this marker); The Cross of Burgundy: Symbol of Spain (a few steps from this marker); Matanzas Bay
Marker detail: nearby gun plaform (1893) image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: nearby gun plaform (1893)
This 1893 photo shows the gun platform in front of you. See similar guns in the display behind you and cannons from Fort Marion in St. Augustine's Plaza de la Constitución.

En esta fotografía de 1893 se ve el arco de artillería que está frente a usted. Vea artillería similar en la muestra detrás de usted y en los cañones de Fort Marion en la Plaza de la Constitución de San Agustín.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Sizzling Salvo / Al rojo vivo (within shouting distance of this marker); Multi-Use Moat / ¿Un foso sin agua? (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large rectangular composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high metal posts.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
 
Also see . . .
1. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. A monument not only of stone and mortar but of human determination and endurance, the Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes the clash between cultures which ultimately resulted in our nation. Still resonant with the struggles of an earlier time, these original walls provide tangible evidence of America’s remarkable history. (Submitted on December 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Castillo de San Marcos. The United States Army decided in 1825 to call it Fort Marion, and it was used for purely military function. The Americans did not plan to use it
Fortress Facelift Marker (<i>wide view; granite & iron gun platform right of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, December 12, 2018
3. Fortress Facelift Marker (wide view; granite & iron gun platform right of marker)
as a place of refuge for the citizens of St. Augustine; they used as barracks, for military storage, and a few times as a military prison. The National Park Service and United States Congress decided to restore its original name in 1942, in honor of its unique Spanish history, so it went back to Castillo de San Marcos for good. (Submitted on December 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Fortress Facelift Marker (<i>wide view; Castillo de San Marcos east fort wall on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, December 12, 2018
4. Fortress Facelift Marker (wide view; Castillo de San Marcos east fort wall on left)
Castillo de San Marcos (<i>northeast seawall view showing gun platform ruins along wall</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, December 12, 2018
5. Castillo de San Marcos (northeast seawall view showing gun platform ruins along wall)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on December 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   5. submitted on December 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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