The Spanish colony of Saint Augustine was founded in 1565, which is 42 years before the founding of Jamestown. This present-day national monument is the first of the United States, Castillo de San Marcos.
I do enjoy going to monuments such as this. It is important to understand our history, our past, our culture. At the same time though, I think it is important to give an accurate representation of what our history really is. On the National Monument’s website they say “the Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes the clash between cultures which ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation.” Yet, I do not think that the Native Americas who we took land from would agree that the nation is completely unified. When looking back on our history, we need to remember to not only include the history of the oppressors but the oppressed as well. I was a bit disappointed in the one-sided history presented at the fort.
Enough ranting. If you do decide to the fort, just keep in mind that there is another side to the history of colonizing the Americas.
The park is open everyday of the year from 8:45 to 5:15 (except Christmas). The entrance fee for adults (age 16 and above) is $7 and free for children 15 and younger. It is a good learning experience for people of all ages. Also, the views from the roof of the fort are wonderful.