El Castillo de San Marcos
by Jorge Sanchez - 4 years, 1 month ago
A man, named Robert, who picked me up hitchhiking from Miami to Boston, agreed to take me to St. Augustine, but upon knowing that I was Spanish he invited me to stay in his house, with his wife Dolores (from Mexico) and child. Besides, he promised to show me the next day the main tourist attraction of Saint Augustine, the Spanish fortress, called Castillo de San Marcos.
Thanks to my new friend I learned that San Agustin is the oldest city in the USA, founded in 1565 by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés
When, many years later, I visited Avilés, in Asturias, Spain, during my pilgrimage on foot to Santiago following the Cantabrian Sea coast, I saw Pedro Menéndez statue in a square and paid him my respects.
I had dinner with my new friends and in the morning Robert showed me in his car around the Spanish Quarter Village where I saw several Spanish colonial structures.
But the best was the Castillo de San Marcos, erected by the Spaniards, which we had the opportunity to visit.
Robert proudly told me that, in spite of having being attacked and besieged twice (one by the English), it was never conquered because of its solidity.
The Castillo de San Marcos is considered the oldest masonry fort constructed in USA. Today is a National Monument.
The next day I thanked the family, then Robert drove me to the exit of the town, and I continued hitchhiking northwards.