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Fort Mantanzas

July 9, 2013

It just so happened that we ended up at Fort Mantanzas at the end of a day of cruising down the ICW after we left St. Augustine. It was a good place and time to stop for the night. As it turned out, the moon was full and the spot, Mantanzas Inlet, ran strong with the current flowing between the ocean and the ICW. But we were unaware of the fascinating history of the Mantanzas Inlet and fort.

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The tide ran strong and swift as it went back and forth in the Mantanzas Inlet

Several other boaters chose the same inlet to spend the night.

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Strong and compact Fort Mantanzas from the water

The fort is a national monument today. There was a slaughter of five hundred or so French Huguenots there (Mantanzas is slaughter in Spanish) by the Spanish. The 1500’s were tough times with rough people, I guess.

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Fort Mantanzas viewed from the west side of the fort.

Another view of the fort. Sturdy construction makes sure this awkward-looking building will stand almost forever.

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Intercoastal Waterway view of Rattlesnake Island

As the left early the next morning to continue our journey south, we reentered the ICW and I grabbed this shot of the island the fort sits on. It is called Rattlesnake Island and it is fitting.

The history for Fort Mantanzas is interesting and it really was not that long ago. Look it up for an good read or maybe check it out in person with a visit to this historic site.

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