St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. Designated a national monument in 1924, the fort soon ended it’s military duties and became a tourist attraction.
After peaceably changing hands between the Spaniards, the English, the Confederates and the United States a total of six times, these days it’s steward is the National Park Service. Let’s check it out.
We enter the fort using drawbridges over a dry moat. This entrance is the only one into the fort. This controlled entrance to a fort is known as a “sally port.”