Castillo de San Marcos . St Augustine . Florida . Watercolor . 12" x 16"
...on the shore of Matanzas Bay, St. Augustine, Florida... sits Castillo de San Marcos... the oldest masonry fort in the United States. Designed by Ignacio Daza, the fort was constructed by Spain between the years 1672 and 1695. The fort was briefly named Fort St. Mark, during the English occupation of Florida from 1763 to 1783, until it was returned to Spain, which held on to it until Florida was ceded to the United States in 1821. The fort was then occupied by the United States Army and named Fort Marion. In 1924, the fort was deactivated and declared a National Monument, its name reverting back to the original "Castillo de San Marcos"... and turned over to the United States National Park Service in 1933.