The Coquina Castillo
She's served six flags, birthed
of a Queen's command, fashioned
of ancient shellfish, lime, water, & sand -
has absorbed all blows, never bowed to force,
gracefully welcomes today
those who seek a peek inside,
run around upon manicured lawn,
or lean upon her bold, fortified walls
to listen for sounds of soldiers
from the past, for brave souls
who've never abandoned post.
by Margaret Bednar, March 24, 2014
Are the walls of the historic fortress, Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida, haunted? Some say yes! This fort has protected soldiers, housed families - over 1,000 town folk, and kept many prisoners within it's walls - many stories held here.
Coquina is the impenetrable and shock absorbing mixture of ancient small shellfish that died long ago and whose shells have bonded together to form a stone. The mortar was comprised of crushed oyster shells (which made a powder called lime) and was mixed with sand and water. This mortar still holds the Castillo together today. It took 23 years to construct, being completed in 1695.
My six year old son is standing beside the palm tree.
This is linked with Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Open Link Monday.
Below is an arial view of the fort which I took from this website: Augustine There was a moat around the castle as you can see more clearly below.
Not my video (I don't know the guy) but he does a pretty thorough tour (he really likes the canons)… it's about 9 minutes long.