Cannon Fire, Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, FL.

Cannon Fire, Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, FL.

Cannon Fire, Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, FL.

One of the highlights of Castillo de San Marcos is that, periodically, they do a live-fire demonstration with one of the fort’s cannons. Interestingly, the demonstrators pointed out that each cannon would only fire once every 15 minutes. This is quite a departure from how Hollywood films portray such battles. Even so, the fortress was equipped with 60 cannons, even this slow firing rate would result in a large amount of firepower going down range. The advantage of a slow firing rate is that accuracy increases, making every shot count.

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