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Fort Marion, St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1915-1930

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Alternate title:Fort Marion, St. Augustine, Fla.
Summary:Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida, 1915-1930. Caption reads: "Fort Marion (Formerly Fort San Marco) was begun by the Spaniards in 1565, and required 190 years in building, slaves being compelled to do the work. The Thickest part of the fort walls is 40 ft. The structure covers five acres. It was bombarded in 1744 by Governor Ogelthorpe of the Colony of Georgia. It is built of coquina and is said to be the best preserved specimen on the world of the military architecture of its time. It is the oldest fortification on the western continent. Its walls and watch towers remain intact, but its guns are dismounted and the moat is dry. It is in all respects, a castle built after the plan of those of the middle ages of Europe. There are inner and outer barriers, the barbican, the draw bridge, portcullis, wicket and all appliances of such fortification, In 1836 the terreplein of the north east bastion caved in, exposing a deep and dismal dungeon. Impelled by curiosity the U. S. Military Engineer descended into this dungeon, where to his surprise, he discovered the skeletons of a man and woman in iron cages bolted to the wall." Postcard number: R-49507.
Provider:W.J. Harris Company
Curt Teich & Co.
Printing place:North America
United States of America
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Place of origin – Region:Florida
Place of origin – Settlement:St. Augustine
Temporal subject: 1911-1920
Geographical subject – Continent:North America
Geographical subject – Country:United States of America
Geographical subject – Region:Florida
Geographical subject – Settlement:St. Augustine
Topical subjects:Forts & fortifications
Castillo de San Marcos (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
ArchivesUM location:National Trust Library Postcard Collection
Repository:National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection
Browse terms:Architecture, Landscape, Historic Places
Collection:National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection
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