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Fort DeSoto built during Spanish-American War

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Title:
Fort DeSoto built during Spanish-American War
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Fortification -- Florida -- Saint Petersburg   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Fort De Soto Park (Pinellas County, Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the construction of Fort De Soto.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hamtpon Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed Aug. 24, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

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University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002316872
oclc - 657647646
usfldc doi - D33-0244
usfldc handle - d33.244
System ID:
SFS0000625:00001


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n15 FORT DESOTO BUILT DURING SPANISH AMERICAN WAR By HAMPTON DUNN ST. PETERSBURG --Mullet Key and its neighboring keys have been hosts to military units since the Civil War, but Fort DeSoto itself was not built until 1898, the year the U.S. and Spain fough t it out over Cuba's independence. The area where the fort is located is the gateway to Tampa Bay and has been strategic spot for many years. One of the first noted visitors was Ponce de Leon, who anchored his ship off the island and scraped the barnacles from the vessel. That was in 1513, during his first exploration of Florida. He came back here in 1821, was challenged by fierce native Indians on the key, and was mortally wounded. Another distinguished visitor came to the Fort DeSoto site in Feb ruary, 1849. He was a young Lieutenant Colonel who had just made a brilliant record in the Mexican War, his name: Robert E. Lee. He was on a. mission for the U.S. Army Engineers. He thought the island an important position militarily and recommended that Egmont, Mullet, and Passage Keys be reserved for coastal defenses. During the Civil War, Federal forces were garrisoned here as a blockade headquarters and this became a haven for Union sympathizers, glad to escape hostile Central Florida rebels. Fort DeSoto cons truction took two years. It was armed with eight 12 inch mortars which never fired a single shot at the enemy. During World War I, the fort was activated as a Coast Artillery Training Center. It also was used by the military in World War II as an Air Force Gunnery and Bombing Training Center. Today, the fort and surrounding area form a huge recreational complex operated by Pinellas County.

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