St. Augustine A Virtual Field Trip
Castillo de San Marcos Before we visit the fort, let’s make sure we know where we’re headed…
Preparation Questions • Whereis St. Augustine on the map? • Who built the fort? • When was the fort built? • What do you think the fort walls were made of? • Why did they build the fort?
Answers • Where…north and east of Clermont. • Who…Spanish built the fort, named for Augustine of Hippo. • When…built in the early 1700’s. • What…made of coquina, which is comprised of seashells and coral. These combine to make limestone. • Why… for protection!
At the fort, you will see… • Main Entrance • Museum • Guard Room • Powder magazine • Chapel • La Necessaria • Upper Gun deck • And so much more
Let’s take a virtual tour. • virtual tour
Review Questions 1. What was the La Necessaria used for? 2. What large defense can be found on the Upper Gun deck? 3. When was the bell on the watchtower rung? 4. Why was dry storage of gun powder difficult? 5. How deep and wide was the moat?
Answers • This room was used for the disposal of human waste, which flowed into Matanzas Bay. • Canons • When a ship was sited • Florida’s humidity • 40 ft wide, 1 to 2 feet deep