It’s the second time we’ve been here. It’s El Morro, the historic Spanish fort on the northern tip of San Juan in Puerto Rico. Here are some photos in no particular order.
It’s a walk out a narrow strip of land to the fort. Wouldn’t you know it, each time, when we trudged out there and when we made our way back, it decided to rain. And the wind was unrelenting, as well. Umbrellas needed to be held sideways to keep us (somewhat) dry.
The Spaniards counted on this fort to protect sea lanes connecting the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean to the Atlantic Ocean. They started with a crude structure at the shoreline and kept adding for 400 years. The United States took this over in 1898 when Spain ceded defeat in the war that lasted from April to August.
Cannons of those olden times fired out through strategically placed ports in the upper parapets.