Comment from Natalie Grant
St. Augustine, an hour and a half or so up the coast from Orlando (just south of Jacksonville), has a claim to fame unlike that of any other American town—established by the Spanish in 1565, it’s the oldest permanent European settlement in the nation (i.e., our oldest city)! Here are some of the most unique things to see and do in St. Augustine, Florida.
Castillo de San Marcos (built by the Spanish from 1672–1695) is one of the oldest and largest stone forts in the continental U.S., and it was made with coquina—a type of limestone with pieces of coral and broken seashells. Fort Matanzas National Monument (built from 1740–1742) is a masonry watchtower fort also built by the Spanish and created as a defense against the British in case they came along the Matanzas River.
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