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

Pirate Attacks

 
 
Pirate Attacks Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
1. Pirate Attacks Marker
Inscription.  Before the construction of the Castillo, the people of St. Augustine were periodically raided by pirates. Since the town was never prosperous anyway, the loss of what little there was meant hard times and near starvation for all.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraForts and Castles.
 
Location. 29° 53.864′ N, 81° 18.674′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. It is in the Historic District. Marker can be reached from South Castillo Drive (State Road A1A), on the right when traveling north. Located in Castillo de San Marcos / Fort Marion. 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. St. Augustine's Bastion (a few steps from this marker); Matanzas Bay (a few steps from this marker); Tidal Toilet / Limpiado por las mareas (a few steps from this marker); The Cross of Burgundy: Symbol of Spain (a few steps from this marker); Firing Steps (a few steps
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from this marker); Cannon (a few steps from this marker); Guarding the Back Door / Vigilando dos entradas (a few steps from this marker); Fortress Facelift / Nuevo dueño, obras nuevas (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Also see . . .  Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. NPS website. (Submitted on August 18, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Pirate Attacks Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
2. Pirate Attacks Marker
Marker stands beside a gun platform on the fort parapet.
Harbor at St. Augustine image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
3. Harbor at St. Augustine
The barrier islands offer shelter and made St. Augustine a natural port in the days of sailing vessels. The city was founded as a base for protecting the trade routes from Central America to Spain. This attracted pirates.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 633 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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