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

1740 Siege

 
 
1740 Siege Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
1. 1740 Siege Marker
Inscription. In 1740, General James Oglethorpe of Georgia, vowed to "take St. Augustine or leave my bones before its walls." The Spanish Governor Manuel de Montiano vowed in turn to "shed his last drop of blood" in defense of the town. Neither had to keep their vow. Oglethorpe's artillery bombarded the fort for 27 days, but could do little damage. Unable to capture the fort by force, the English withdrew.
 
Location. 29° 53.882′ N, 81° 18.669′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker can be reached from South Castillo Drive (State Road A1A), on the right when traveling north. Touch 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. St. Charles Bastion (a few steps from this marker); Cannon (a few steps from this marker); Sizzling Salvo / Al rojo vivo (a few steps from this marker); Vigia de San Carlos (a few steps from this marker); It Begins / Ya comienza (a few steps from this marker); Matanzas Bay (a few steps from this marker); Reading the Cannon / Claves de cañones
1740 Siege Marker at the Parapet of the Castillo image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
2. 1740 Siege Marker at the Parapet of the Castillo
(within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Prisoners (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Also see . . .  English Siege of St. Augustine. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, Castles
 
Siege Batteries across the Bay image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
3. Siege Batteries across the Bay
In 1740 the English siege batteries occupied Anastasia Island opposite St. Augustine. Other batteries stood on the southern tip of present day Vilano Beach to the northeast.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 463 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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