Fort Matanzas National Monument
Now a national monument, Fort Matanzas is a historic fort built in 1742 by the Spanish to protect St. Augustine from the south from the British. It is a physical reminder of the Spanish phase of the Colonial American history in Florida. The name Matanzas comes from the root word mata, meaning to kill. Therefore, Matanzas refers to "the place of many slaughters." It is open to the public and visitors may take a ferry to it. It is sometimes possible to see dolphins in the Matanzas River. There are nature trails, beaches, and picnic areas available as well for those who do not wish to visit the fort itself. The fort was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1924.
Backstory and Context
"History and Culture." National Park Service: Fort Matanzas. Accessed April 22, 2014. https://www.nps.gov/foma/learn/historyculture/stories.htm.