On our way home from Florida this past weekend, we took a detour
and stopped at Fort Matanzas National Monument
. We have passed the sign with a blind eye in our numerous treks to visit family. (When you have 10 to 12 hours to drive it doesn't usually leave much time for site seeing and still keeping the journey to a days drive.) However, we recently read a book by Tony Horwitz
called a "A Voyage Long and Strange
." It is an educational, humorous history of pre-Mayflower America, in which places significant in the Spanish colonization of America are brought to attention. Matanzas means massacre in Spanish and it was somewhere in this area that nearly 250 french protestant Huguenots
were slain by the Spanish as way to defend their claim to Florida (and more importantly their treasure fleets that traveled up and down the coast) for the catholic King of Spain, Phillip II...... I'll stop with the history lesson now - I do highly recommend the book! Anyway, the brown sign beckoned us to stop this trip and we enjoyed a lovely tour of the fort which included a guy in full, period, military dress talking about life back then.
As usual, we took are camera. Toward the end of the tour Jonah asked to take some pictures with our big Nikon, not something I would have let him do, but Dad was with him at the time. Well, he loved it and even got a few good shots.
Jonah continued his obsession once in the car.
|Can you tell where I'm parked?|
|His mutilated squid|
|His view of the driver|
I started a new collection
in our Flickr account that will be especially for our new photographer.
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