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Florida's cannonball-eating Spanish fort

In 1702, when the Spanish still ruled Florida, an English fleet from colonial Carolina approached Castillo de San Marcos, a Spanish stronghold on the Atlantic shore.  The fort guarded the Spanish empire's trade routes as well as the surrounding city of St. Augustine, and the English wanted to run this politically and economically important outpost for themselves. Led by Carolina's governor James Moore, the English boats dropped their anchors and laid siege.  But even after nearly two months of being shelled with cannonballs and gunfire, the fort's walls wouldn't give.

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