National Park Service Press Release
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument --This week’s National Park Getaway
|For Immediate Release:
||October 03, 2012
||Jon Burpee, 904-829-6506, ext. 222
Kat Kirby, 202-208-6843
|Castillo de San Marcos National Monument --This week’s National Park Getaway
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Gain a new perspective on American history with a visit to Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the oldest masonry fort in the United States, located in the country’s oldest permanent European city, St. Augustine, Florida.
In 1565, 42 years before the founding of Jamestown and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, a Spanish conquistador named Pedro Menéndez de Avilés established the city of St. Augustine. It was a small frontier town, subject to hurricanes, pirate invasions, and Native American attacks, but it has managed to hold on for almost 450 years. Vital to the ancient city’s survival was the imposing Castillo de San Marcos. Read more
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