America, the resilient one

by Jourdan Fairchild in ,

This has been a very somber week for our country. It's hard to go about your normal routine during times like this. But Americans are very resilient—and so were our forefathers. I was reminded of this fact while in St Augustine last weekend. We had a few free hours at the end of our trip, so Andrew's cousin, Chris, and I visited Castillo de San Marcos, a fort that was originally built by the Spanish in 1672. The builders used materials they had on hand, mostly sand, shells, and water, to create a stone similar to limestone for the walls. And what they built—a stronghold that spans 320 acres and boasts walls up to 19 feet thick—still stands strong. Over the next 200 or so years, the fort volleyed between Spanish, French, and British rule. But despite dozens of attacks (I believe 44 was the number we heard), it was never defeated. During those attacks, the entire population of St Augustine would hide in the fort for safety. And on a day like today, I can't help but think how much the residents of Boston need a big, strong fort to protect them. Here are a few photos from our visit, during which we saw a live canon reenactment and attempted to reenact the drill ourselves.

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