Built in the 1740s, the fort once protected the islands from pirates and British vessels. The National Monument commemorates the killing of nearly 250 French Huguenots by the Spanish, a gruesome act that gave the area the name Matanzas, Spanish for “slaughters.” Free admission and open daily. Ferry boarding passes available at the visitor center.
Editor's Note:Boat tours are suspended until further notice due to damage from Hurricane Dorian. (9/10/2019)