Castillo de San Marcos
The Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest fort in the United States.
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Construction started in 1672
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The only way in was across a bridge across a moat, now empty.
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The fort is in St. Augustine.
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View of outer wall, moat and Castillo inner wall.
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Cannon defend the Castillo.
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The fort protected against attack from the sea as well as from land.
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Inner courtyard of the Castillo.
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Portrait hanging in the castilo of Lopez de Mendoza Grajales, who preached the first sermon in the oldest parish of what became the United States.
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Diorama of a defense of the fort.
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Mortar
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Decorated, larger mortar.
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Watchmen could see all approaches to the Castillo from inside this domed structure.
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H.E. Hickox of Cleveland, Ohio, visited the fort on February 17, 1880.
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Volunteers in Spanish military uniforms of the day.
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The volunteers prepare for a cannon firing.
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Gun commander beginning to give orders to the crew in Spanish.
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Tamping the charge and checking the fuse.
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Protecting the fuse.
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Aiming the cannon
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This cannon could reach as far as the lighthouse seen in the distance in this photo.