Forts & Battlefields
of Florida

Explore the military history of Florida with our online journeys to the historic forts, important battlefields and military history of the Sunshine State!
Battlefields and Forts of Florida
Military History in Florida
The directory below will help you visit significant military sites and learn more about the military history of Florida.
Florida was home to the thriving Spanish city of St. Augustine long before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. Known for sunshine and beaches today, it was a bloody battleground where empires collided in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
  1. Scott Battle of 1817
    The Scott Battle was the first U.S. defeat of the Seminole Wars. Fought on the banks of the Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee, it led to Florida's transfer to the U.S.
  2. Prospect Bluff Historic Sites
    The site of the British Post or "Negro Fort," Prospect Bluff was the scene of the deadliest cannon shot in American history and is a national historic landmark.
  3. Fort Pickens
    This massive brick fort on the western tip of Santa Rosa Island was built by U.S. forces to defend Pensacola from foreign attack. It was the scene of Civil War fighting.
  4. Battle of Olustee
    Florida's largest battle of the Civil War, Olustee was the Union's bloodiest defeat based on numbers involved. The site is now a fascinating Florida state park.
  5. Castillo de San Marcos
    The Castillo is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States and was built by Spain to defend historic St. Augustine. It never fell in battle.
  6. Fort Mose Historic State Park
    Fort Mose is a landmark of Black History. A colonial-era fort, it was built to defend St. Augustine and was the home to North America's largest free black settlement.
Scott Battle of 1817
Prospect Bluff Historic Sites
Fort Pickens
Battle of Olustee
Castillo de San Marcos
Fort Mose Historic State Park