We headed south and our first stop was Fort Matanzas. Matanzas is Spanish for massacre as it is the site of a fight between the French and Spanish in 1565 where over 250 French were killed as these two countries were trying to establish themselves on this land. We arrived just in time to hurry to the ferry OR eat our lunch and catch the next one. We opted for the second choice.
There were huge climbing trees adjacent to the picnic area. The kids were up in them before we could all unload.
Can you see it? In the distance? We even saw dolphins swimming in the river while we were waiting!
We took a ferry boat over to the island.
We listened to a wonderful and informative Ranger talk while inside the Soldier's quarters.
We climbed stairs to reach the officer's quarters.
From here you could climb a ladder up onto the Observation Deck.
If you want to take a virtual tour of this site, you can go here.
We say good-by to this fort as we leave for another adventure.
Our next stop ... Castillo de San Marcos. Another Spanish Fort.
This is a much larger fort that was built to defend Spain's claims to the New World. It was never defeated in battle. Construction on this fort began in 1672!
Then comes back down to help his brother. It was a very sweet thing for him to do as I was finding it hard to help the two younger boys at the same time and Christopher worked really well with Isaiah!
Just loved this picture. Daniel was drawing the fort and really took his time in putting in the details.
St Augustine Lighthouse.
Daniel and Keaton.
The area at the top of the fort was huge!
Checking out the cannons. There were lots of different types and styles up here.
A view of the walls around the fort. (And some of my children playing out there if you look closely)
Near the entrance to the fort Daniel poses under the Coat of Arms.