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"Castillo de San Marcos - Lower Level" Castillo de San Marcos Tip by Ewingjr98

Castillo de San Marcos, Saint Augustine: 52 reviews and 130 photos

The lower level of the Castillo de San Marcos contained the majority of the fort's living areas and storage. The entrance to the fort was from a drawbridge over a moat on the south side of the fort. After crossing the bridge, there is a large sally port; the guards stayed next to the entrance while on duty or when the fort was under siege. In the courtyard of the Castillo are three wells with drinking water. Various other rooms within the lower level of the Castillo contain the chapel, storerooms for food, and a powder magazine.

Throughout its history, the Castillo was occasionally used as a prison. During the American Revolution, the British held colonists as prisoner. In the early 1830s, the US government held a variety of Seminole and other Native American here including the famous leader Osceola. During the Civil War, the Union quickly captured the fort and used it to house Confederate prisoners. Later, during the Indian Wars, the Castillo was again used to house Indian prisoners, and its most famous prisoner was David Pendleton Oakerhater, later named an Episcopal saint. In 1898 the fort was again used as a prison, this time to house military deserters who were trying to avoid combat of the Spanish-American War.

Address: 1 South Castillo Drive
Directions: Avenue Menedez and Castillo Drive
Phone: 905 829-6506 (ext 234 rangers)

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 22, 2009
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