Fort Matanzas National Monument has guarded the back door to St. Augustine since 1742. It sits 14 miles south of Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine. Matanzas is Spanish for slaughters, which is what happened here in 1565 as the Spanish guarded their treasure route from the French at Ft. Caroline. The fort is reached from the Visitor Center on Hwy. A1A at Anastasia Island. There's a short film available and a free passenger ferry that takes you across the Matanzas River to the fort.
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