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

Covered Way

Camino Cubierto

 
 
Covered Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
1. Covered Way Marker
Inscription. The man-made hill around the fort, called the glacis (gla'sis), "covers" or protects this area from enemy fire. Capturing a fort's covered way usually involved a bloody assault.
 
Location. 29° 53.832′ N, 81° 18.675′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is on South Castillo Drive (State Road A1A), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located outside the 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. Crumbling Coquina / Piedra frágil (a few steps from this marker); Spanish Stronghold / Ciudadela española (a few steps from this marker); Multi-Use Moat / ¿Un foso sin agua? (within shouting distance of this marker); Sentry Box (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Marion (within shouting distance of this marker); Weapons of War / Artillería (within shouting distance of this marker); Guarding the Back Door / Vigilando dos entradas (within shouting distance of this marker); Firing Steps (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Also see . . .  Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. NPS website.
Covered Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
2. Covered Way Marker
(Submitted on August 26, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, Castles
 
Profile of the Glacis image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
3. Profile of the Glacis
In front of the stone retaining wall is the glacis (to the left). Behind the wall is the covered way.
Covered Way image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
4. Covered Way
The retaining wall incorporated several facets to allow defenders to deliver flanking fires upon any attacker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 458 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 26, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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