Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Fort Matanzas

The Spanish fort was built in 1740 - 1742 to guard the inlet and protect St Augustine from the British or other invaders. 

They told us that no ships ever got close enough to fire on the fort because the fort could see them coming and had a cannon that could shoot a cannon ball well over a mile.  

There was a short ferry ride over to Rattlesnake Island where the fort was located. 

While we didn't see any rattlesnakes while we were there (thank goodness!)
we did get to hear them fire the cannon.

This is looking South, the direction the ships would have come into the inlet.

We climbed up this ladder through that little hole to the upper deck/roof area.

Did I mention this was all free?

Please take note of the sunshine... you won't see it again in the rest of our St Augustine pictures.
Even though it was raining most of the weekend it didn't slow us down much and we still enjoyed our time away. 

In fact I think the rain gave the boys something extra to do... seeing how many of the puddles they could splash through while walking around the shops downtown. =)

This was fun, free and educational! Made this home schooling mama's heart happy!

Have a wonderful week!

Linking up with these lovely ladies:

Mommy Teaches
Pieces of Amy
Finding Joy


Rosilind Jukic said...

How fascinating!!! I love a good history lesson - and there is nothing like standing on the very spot where history took place to make it come alive! Thanks for linking up at Mommy Teaches. I hope you come back and link up again. Blessings from Croatia: A Little R & R: www.littlerandr.org

Jen | Our Happy Family said...

This looks like so much fun!