Fort Matanzas National Monument

National Park Service, Florida.

Fort Matanzas National Monument preserves the fortified coquina watchtower, completed in 1742, which defended the southern approach to the Spanish military settlement of St. Augustine. It also protects approximately 300 acres of Florida coastal environment containing dunes, marsh, maritime forest, and associated flora and fauna, including threatened and endangered species.

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Fort Matanzas is 14 miles south of Saint Augustine on State Route A1A.

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