The Southern States of North America; A Record of Journeys in Louisiana, Texas, the Indian Territory, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Flordia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

The Southern States of North America; A Record of Journeys in Louisiana, Texas, the Indian Territory, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Flordia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...of the ancient fort, I could not repress my indignation as I remembered that when there was talk of building a railroad to St. Augustine, some enterprising company wished to buy and demolish the quaint landmark, that they might establish a railway terminus there. Such vandalism would be a disgrace to us. The fort should be tenderly clung to. The more moss-grown it becomes, the more we should love it. It is a grand monument. For more than a century hundreds of men toiled in the quarries on Anastasia Island and along the bay shore, vresting out the material now in the massive walls. Coquina, of which the fort is built, is a kind of concretion of shell-fragments, often very beautiful. This formation extends along the Floridian coast for more than a hundred miles. It crumbles when exposed for a very long time to the air, but rarely falls to pieces. Coquina resists a bombardment better than ordinary stone, as it is elastic and will bend before the fiery messengers; so that it is quite possible that Fort Marion, decaying and aged though it seem, would stand the broadsides of a foreign man-of-war better than the forts which have been built but a few years. This fort is built after Vauban's principles, in the form of a trapezium, ith walls twenty-one feet high and enormously thick, and with bastions at each THE INTERIOR or THE roar. 395 corner, originally named after St. Paul, St. Pierre, etc. The Castle of San Marco was its former title. On it the Appalachean Indians labored for sixty years. The garrison was also compelled to contribute to the work, and convicts were brought from far Mexico to labor in the quarries. Thousands of hands must have been employed for half a century in transporting the giant blocks across the bay, and raising...show more

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  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 594g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236920759
  • 9781236920751