Castillo de San Marcos and skyline

Castillo de San Marcos and skyline

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
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  • Castillo de San Marcos and skyline

Image Number

  • PR09532


  • 1970

Series Title

General Note

  • The cross marks the landing of Menendez.
  • Proclaimed a national monument in 1924, the Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the United States. Construction was begun in 1672, but it was decades before the 12-foot-thick walls were completed.
  • The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine is Florida's dominant Spanish Colonial landmark. Construction of the fortress, which took a quarter century, was completed in 1696. With walls 16 feet thick at the base and protected by moat, the Castillo was never taken by force. the principal material is coquina, a sedimentary rock formed from billions of tiny seashells and quarried nearby. Most of the labor of quarrying and building was performed by Indians under the supervision of Spanish artisans.

Physical Description

  • 1 photograph - b&w - 3 1/2 x 5 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Subject Corporate

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