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Fort Matanzas as Seen from the South and Located on Rattlesnake Island

Fort Matanzas as Seen from the South and Located on Rattlesnake Island

This is a view of Fort Matanzas located on Rattlesnake Island from the south, which was built by the Spanish in 1742 to protect the southern approach to St. Augustine. In this view, we see the sentry box or garita at the southern corner of the fort and the cannons pointing toward the Matanzas River Inlet. The sentry box was rebuilt of coquina stone in 1929 after having fallen into disrepair in the 1800s. The stairs lead visitors to the gundeck. This fort is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as Fort Matanzas National Monument.
Galleries: Fort Matanzas, Forts and Fortifications, St. Johns
Keywords: coquina stone, Fort Matanzas National Park, Forts, National Monument, Saint Augustine, Spanish fort, St. Augustine, rattlesnake island, sentry box
Photo Location: Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Johns County, Florida
Photographer: Dr. Roy Winkelman
Date of Photo: 12/17/2013
Device Make: Canon
Device Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure Time: 0.0166667
F Number: 22
Original Dimensions: 5616×3744
Picture Orientation: Landscape
GPS Coordinates: 29°42′55″N 81°14′21″W
Picture Number: 25975