Fort Jefferson

I’m a bit of a Google Maps/Google Earth nut and like just randomly browsing over countries and area’s I’m unfamiliar with (and will maybe never be able to afford to actually visit)

One day I was looking at satellite images off the Florida Keys (as you do) and came across a weird structure, clearly artificial in an area called Dry Tortugas. I’d found Fort Jefferson:

Below:  Fort Jefferson, within Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida Keys126

Fort Jefferson is a long-abandoned former military facility, essentially a fortress. It was originally built with the goal of suppressing piracy in the Caribbean and protect US shipping, but was also ultimately manned during the US Civil War.

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Fort Jefferson was at one point heavily protected – muzzle-loading cannons were brought to bear on encroaching enemies, whilst the facility itself was surrounded by a moat, a throwback to castles of the Middle Ages.

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