Castillo de San Marcos

A few times a year the Old Fort (Castillo de San Marcos) in Historic St. Augustine opens up in the evening for living history tours.  The National Parks Service staff and volunteers partner with St. Augustine’s Garrison for what can only be described as Walking Theatre.

What You Will See

Overview – The Show starts with an overview of the 1740 Siege of St. Augustine which took place June and July of the year 1740.  Spanish La FLorida Governor Montiano is aware that Fort Mose has fallen to Governor Oglethorpe of the colony of Georgia with a mixed force of British regulars (the 42nd Regiment of Foot), Colonial Militia from the Province of Georgia and the Carolinas, along with several Native American tribes, (Creek, Chickasaw and Uchees).


“The port into St. Augustine is blocked and the British are deployed on Anastasia Island.”

Inside the Fort – The Spanish, (while hunkered down in the fort with soldiers and civilians) managed to send supply ships through the Royal Navy blockade thwarting any hope of starving St. Augustine into capitulation.


“Check the food supplies.  Soldiers eat first!”

Preparing for an Attack – Oglethorpe now planned to storm the fortress by land while the navy ships attacked the Spanish ships and half-galleys in the harbor.


“Men, this is a soldier’s reality; this is the risk that could get you killed.”

Retreat – Commodore Pearce, however resolved to forgo the attack during hurricane season. Oglethorpe gave up the siege and returned to Georgia; abandoning his artillery during his withdrawal.

The battle lasted 27 days.  The Spanish flag was successfully defended over St. Augustine and the Siege of 1740 was the last action the Fort saw to date.

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