Fallen Spanish Soldiers Commemoration

Fallen Spanish Soldiers Commemoration
Saturday, May 26, 2018, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Soldiers Commemoration

Photo: www.nps.gov

This heritage event honors the Spanish soldiers who fell
in defense of the Castillo during the British siege of 1740.

The Fallen Spanish Soldiers Commemoration at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument will host a new heritage event on Saturday, May 26, 2018, to commemorate the Spanish soldiers who fell in defense of the Castillo during the British siege of 1740.

This commemoration will be held during the Memorial Day weekend, when the U.S. honors all who have fallen while serving in their country’s armed forces. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held outside the Castillo on the south lawn.

About the Siege:

Governor James Oglethorpe of the colony of Georgia invaded Florida in December of 1739. He raised a mixed force of British regulars, colonial militia, and Native American fighters to attack the four Spanish outposts – Fort Picolata, Fort San Francisco de Pupo, Fort San Diego, and Fort Mosé – as they made their way to St. Augustine. The Spanish courageously defended their small fortifications, but many were killed.

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