Hi, Boys and Girls!
Today I would like to take you on a very special virtual field trip. See, I know you like it when I share really cool places with you…so this month I’ve really gone all out in order to bring you the oldest American history possible. That’s right, today we’re visiting the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine, Florida!
For those of you who don’t know, St. Augustine is the oldest town in the U.S. The town was founded by Spanish colonists way back in 1565, and just over 100 years later construction began on the Castillo, now the oldest stone fort in America. I was so excited that my parents had agreed to stop by St. Augustine while we were on a family vacation driving from my grandparents to my aunt and uncle’s home. I had been to other forts before, but it was really cool to realize that I was visiting the oldest stone fort in America, in the oldest town in America! Here are some pictures.
It is fun to walk into the fort and see how big and powerful the fort is. Nothing is going to move it! Inside, there are lots of different rooms to explore. Some rooms have pictures and signs explaining the history. Others have some food. (Or maybe it’s fake food. I’m not sure!) The ranger there was telling us all about how the soldiers lived and worked and ate at the fort. My sister and I really enjoyed listening to him.
I enjoyed spending time in the courtyard, the inside center part of the fort. I also got to see what a typical soldier’s bed looked like (see above pictures). Hmmm, I think I like mine at home better!
A total of four nations have owned the Castillo de San Marcos at one point or other: Spain, Britain, the Confederacy during the Civil War, and of course the USA. When we were at the fort, the rangers were dressed up as Spanish soldiers. It was really fun getting to see them in costume and demonstrating how a cannon works. It was loud, but really cool!
Well, I hope you have enjoyed this virtual field trip to Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine, Florida. I had read about St. Augustine in history books for years, and it was so fun to visit there in real life and experience it firsthand. I hope you have enjoyed my pictures as well! If you would like to experience even more of the Castillo from the comfort of your home, feel free to watch my two videos below. One is a tour of the fort, and the other is of the cannon demonstration that we attended.
Until next time, keep having “a blast with the past!”