"anastasia island" Top 5 Page for this destination Saint Augustine Beach by doug48
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located about 15 miles south of st. augustine on U.S. highway A1A is the fort matanzas visitor center. from here you can visit historic fort matanzas. the fort has a very interesting history. on the site of the present fort the spanish built a wooden watch tower to watch for invaders from the south of st. augustine in 1569. the matanzas (slaughter) river was named after the spanish massacre of 250 french huguenots on the shore of the river in 1564. in 1733 general james oglethorpe founded the english colony of savannah. the spanish were nervious about a english colony so close to st. augustine. in 1740 st. augustine's governor, manuel de montiana built fort matanzas to protect st. augustine's southern flank. general oglethorpe attacked the fort shortly after it was completed during the british-spanish war of jenkins ear. the war of jenkins ear is an interesting historical story. jenkins was a pirate who lost his ear while trying to loot a spanish ship. piracy was against the law in england and was punishable by death. when jenkins returned to england he made up a story that a spanish officer cut off his ear. jenkins told parliment that the spanish officer also said that if the king of england were ever to step foot on the spanish territory of florida he would cut off his ear as well. jenkin's lie started the war of jenkins ear with spain. the war of jenkins ear gave the british general oglethorpe the excuss he needed to invade spainish florida. oglethorpe attacked fort matanzas twice, once in 1740 and again in 1741. on both occasions his fleet was repulsed and the british never conquered st. augustine.
along with fort matanzas on anistasia island is the st. augustine alligator farm and the beautiful beach at anistasia island state park. st. augustine beach is well worth visiting when in the st. augustine area.
anastasia state park is a very nice state park located at st. augustine beach. the state park offers swimming, fishing,... more travel advice
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