Another Fort: Castillo San Cristobal
25 February 2019 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Today, after some boat projects, we toured another fort in San Juan called Castillo San Cristobal. The massive structures of this Spanish Fort were impenetrable when the British tried two different times through the years. San Juan, and Puerto Rico were a highly desired location with a safe harbor and plenty of fresh water. It was located on a direct route from Europe to Central America where all the gold and silver was being mined and delivered to the Spanish King and Queen. Even for the United States during WWII, Puerto Rico was a critical location for spotting German U-boat activity threatening the approaches to the Panama Canal. 50,000 US military personnel were staged on Puerto Rico during the war! An interesting highlight was the fort dungeons. Behind some encased glass on the dungeon walls were some writing and pictures drawn by prisoners. Notice the galleons scrawled by one of the Captains held before his execution!