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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Forts, or rather Fortifications in Florida


I went on a huge manhunt today, looking for another site to explore nearby, but I failed miserably. Instead , I found myself at the local library reading about the forts I can't find.

Do you really want to know what started all of this?


When I was about 10 years old, my mother brought me to the Castillo de San Marco's in Saint Augustine where I found myself crawling on my knees into the dungeon that was sealed up for 100 years, only to be opened up by American soldiers in 1819. Really Creepy! It was this fortification that made me love Archaeology.

So today, I thought it would be a great idea to embark on a new location, but like I said, I couldn't find one nearby. Even the ones that I did find were virtually impossible to navigate or the remnants of the structures were completely gone, so I would have needed a land surveyor or historian with me to know what is was I was looking at.

I even rummaged through Wikipedia pages and couldn't find one that had any information. And when I say no information, the page was empty. What happened and why are these places not being excavated?

Your thoughts on this?

Read more about the Castillo de San Marco's

Florida Forts

3 Comments:

Historical Travels said...

Does this help any?

http://fortwiki.com/Fort_Wiki

Dr. Lauren said...

Really what I'm looking for is forts in Florida that have left some sort of remnants behind. Most of them are non existent, there's no artifacts or history about them. It's like a mystery.

David said...

I am working on the same thing, actually... I am in the process of transposing the different fort locations from the old maps to a current map. There was a complete survey done for many of the old fort sites done in 1972. I found the report in one of the museum towers at the Fort Christmas site in Christmas Florida...
-whynot

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