October 18, 2007

Castillo de San Marcos, America’s Castle Part 1

Posted in America's Castles, Historical Sites at 1:27 pm by Kendal

Castillo de San Marcos 

A Spanish Castle, Saint Augustine Florida:

This is a good place to start discovering Colonial history. I would like to state colonial since American had a unique and much archived history before colonization.

“On Sept. 8. 1565, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles came ashore and named a stretch of land near the inlet in honor of Augustine, a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on whose feast day – Aug. 28 – land was sighted. The location has been pinpointed in recent years by archaeologists from the University of Florida as being where the present-day Mission of Nombre de Dios and the Fountain of Youth stand, several blocks north of the City Gate and the Castillo de San Marcos”

( http://www.staugustine.com/history/ )

One of the oldest and best preserved European Castles is in Saint Augustine Florida.

Castillo de San Marcos. Literally translated, Castillo is Castle. We often call our fortified structures in the USA as forts as we have never housed royalty and most of the time they only housed soldiers in the USA. After we became the USA, we changed the name from Castillo to Fort. So our fort is only a Spanish castle by another name. This is one of the most amazing castles in the world as it is not in ruins and can be visited. A fun little fact is many European castles never housed royalty either.

( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castillo_de_San_Marcos )

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2 Comments »

  1. Anajo said,

    So many European castles didn’t house royalty either? So who did they house? Were they mainly fortresses then?

  2. kendalnite said,

    Many european castles were private estates. The ones that were fortified was mainly used to house a moving group of people and to protect the village people during war. There were some that used just for watch towers and places of safety.

    Stay tuned, there will be a royal palace in the united states. (this one is truly a suprise as it will be the home of the last royal family of the usa)


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