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National Park Service News Release

For Immediate Release:
November 14, 2012
Contact(s):   Jon Burpee, 904-471-0116, ext. 202

Kat Kirby, 202-208-6843

Fort Matanzas National Monument -- This week’s National Park Getaway

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The destiny of the North American continent, and with it the very history of the United States, changed  by events that took place on September 29, 1565 on what is now Florida’s northeast coast.

On that day, the first of two seemingly minor skirmishes took place between the nations of France and Spain. Although these encounters occurred two weeks apart, the outcome of each was the same—French soldiers lost their lives at the hands of Spanish soldiers. Approximately 245 Frenchmen were killed; the area was thereafter known as Matanzas, the Spanish word for slaughters. Read more

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