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Youtube . . . The Discovery of Fort San Mateo

Youtube . . . The Discovery of Fort San Mateo


A bastion at Fort San Mateo with two types of cannons

Fort San Mateo was constructed near the former site of Fort Caroline in 1565 and 1566. In addition, two smaller forts were constructed on either side of the mouth of the South Channel of the May River. The garrisons of all three forts were either killed in battle or hung from trees on April 18, 1568 by a combined force of several Native American tribes on the Georgia coast and 300 French volunteers, seeking revenge for the massacre of Fort Caroline’s colonists and the survivors of Jean Ribault’s fleet. This video describes the search for Fort San Mateo and its discovery with high tech satellite imagery. The program includes numerous architectural renderings of the fort by Architect Richard Thornton.

That cluttering sound near the video’s beginning?  Well, earlier in the day a rat was caught on his tail by one of my new high-price rat traps.  What did he do?  He ate a whole in the closet wall then got caught inside the wall.  The racket 22 feet away from the microphone was a gang of his fellow rats trying to pull the trap off of him. 

Then later in the video, my dogs started barking at the rats fleeing across the room, when they realized that they might be next for an appointment with a high-tech rat trap!   A fellow jest can’t get any respect these days . . . We gotta get out of this place . . . and it won’t be the last thing we do.  LOL



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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Wow. A question : what modeling program are you using ? I use Blender , Milkshape and Fragmotion when i try to make a game.

    • These are architectural graphics models, which can also be converted into construction drawings. I used BricsCadd from the Netherlands and Artlantis from France for virtual reality imagery.


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