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La Garita Del Diablo ,El Morro,Puerto Rico
Lately I have been daseled by the neat art of Architecture.This might be an unexpected theme of my likes in your guys opinions,and may think of it as boring,but I respect that,yet I really find it quite interesting.This is my 1st try at this,so it isn't expert good,but ehh.
About this creation

For those of you who might not know...

History of Castillo San Felipe del Morro (St. Felipe Castle of Morro).

Spanish Rule
During the Spanish occupation of the island, El Morro survived several attacks from foreign powers on various occasions. In 1595, englishman Sir Francis Drake attacked San Juan with his fleet. He failed, however, the Spanish gunners shot a cannonball through his cabin. In 1598, the English attacked again, led by George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland. Clifford succeeded because he entered San Juan through land instead of entering through the San Juan Bay and El Morro. However, an epidemic of dysentery forced him to flee the island.

The Dutch, led by Boudewijn Hendricksz, also attacked the island following George Clifford's idea of invading through land. To the amazement of the citizens, the invaders were able to pass in front of the castle's defenders and into the harbor, where the city's cannon fire could not reach them. El Morro managed to resist the siege and eventually make the Dutch retire, although the they were able to sack and burn the city before leaving.

El Morro's last active fight occurred during a naval bombardment by the United States Navy during the 1898 Spanish-American War. Ending the age of naval warfare in the Caribbean, at least in the classical sense. During the Spanish-American War, the castle was attacked at least three times by American naval forces, the most major of which being the Bombardment of San Juan on May 12, 1898.

The short war ended with the signing of Treaty of Paris. Spain ceded ownership of the islands of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guam, and the Philippines to the United States.

American Military Occupation (1898–1961)

El Morro and many other Spanish government buildings in Old San Juan then became part of a large U.S. Army post, called Fort Brooke. In the early 20th century, the U.S. military filled up the esplanade, or green space in front of "El Morro" with baseball diamonds, hospitals, officers' quarters, an officers' club and even a golf course.

United States' first shots of World War I were fired from the castillo's battery in 1915. On March 21, 1915, Lt. Teofilo Marxuach was the officer of the day at El Morro Castle. The Odenwald, built in 1903 (not to be confused with the German World War II war ship which carried the same name), was an armed German supply ship which tried to force its way out of the bay and deliver supplies to the German submarines waiting in the Atlantic Ocean. Lt. Marxuach gave the order to open fire on the ship. The Odenwald was forced to return and its supplies were confiscated.[1] The shots ordered by Lt. Marxuach have been considered as the first fired by the United States in World War I. The first actual wartime shot fired by the U.S. came on the day war was declared, during the Scuttling of SMS Cormoran off another small American island, Guam.

During World War II the United States Army added a massive concrete bunker to the top of El Morro to serve as a Harbor Defense Fire Control Station to direct a network of coastal artillery sites, and to keep watch for German submarines which were ravaging shipping in the Caribbean. A lighthouse, rebuilt by the U.S. Army in 1906–08 is the tallest point on El Morro, standing 180 feet (55 m) above sea level. Flagpoles on El Morro today customarily fly the United States flag, the Puerto Rican flag and the Cross of Burgundy Flag, also known in Spanish as las Aspas de Borgoña, a standard which was widely used by Spanish armies around the world from 1506–1785.

National Park (1961–present)

In 1961, the United States Army officially retired from El Morro. The "fort" became a part of the National Park Service to be preserved as museums. In 1983, the Castillo and the city walls were declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. In honor of the Quincentennial of the voyages of Columbus in 1992 the exterior esplanade was cleared of palm trees that had been planted by the U.S. Army in the Fort Brooke era, and restored to the open appearance this "field-of-fire" for El Morro's cannon would have had in colonial Spanish times. Parking lots and paved roads were also removed, and the El Morro lighthouse repaired and restored to its original appearance. El Morro was used as a film set in the 1996 motion picture Amistad. Steven Spielberg used it to represent a fort in Sierra Leone where African slaves were auctioned in 1839. African slave labor was used in addition to local labor to help build the castillo. El Morro was a defensive military fortification and a major component of San Juan's harbor defense system. Puerto Rico as such was considered by the Spanish crown as the "Key to the Antilles"; no enemy ship could navigate its waters without fear of capture.


La Garita del Diablo (Devil's Guerite)

Most of San Juan's fortified walls have guerites (sentry boxes, "garitas" to the locals) at various points. One of the guerites at Fort San Cristóbal is called "The Devil's Guerite" ("La Garita del Diablo"). This particular guerite is one of the oldest parts of the fort being built in 1634.

Legend says that soldier disappeared randomly from the guerite. However, it is mostly believed - and told so in various local stories - that the only soldier(Sanchez) that apparently disappeared did so to escape with his girlfriend( Dina) .[1][2][3] However, the legend still surrounds the guerite and most people ask for it when visiting the fort.

Here's the real thing.Okay,u see that extending post on the back of the picture,that's the main part of the MOC.That's what I built along with the walls connecting to it.

You can compare this picture with the real one,noticing i's similarities.I gave it the shore and part of the far ocean too.The flag is something additional,it's not actually placed in the real thing.









Thx for watching.
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 I made it 
  March 9, 2014
Quoting Cheryl P Great looking little building with lots of info to go with it. And I mean lots.
Thanks! Hhahah just saw your comment. My bad :P
 I like it 
  March 6, 2014
Great looking little building with lots of info to go with it. And I mean lots.
 I made it 
  March 20, 2012
Quoting LB. 12 Very nice work. It took a while to read the description :p
Thx,I guess i over did the data
 I like it 
  March 20, 2012
Very nice work. It took a while to read the description :p
 I made it 
  March 19, 2012
Quoting finlay lego nice! you should check out some of my archatecture
hank u,I'd be delighted to check them out!
 I made it 
  March 19, 2012
Quoting finlay lego nice! you should check out some of my archatecture
hank u,I'd be delighted to check them out!
 I like it 
  March 19, 2012
nice! you should check out some of my archatecture
 I made it 
  March 19, 2012
Quoting dan The man :) Wow great work you should do more, I was thinking of doing a micro city once...but I ditched it!
Lol thx!!!
 I like it 
  March 19, 2012
Wow great work you should do more, I was thinking of doing a micro city once...but I ditched it!
 I made it 
  March 18, 2012
Quoting Paul Wellington This is pretty good! There is a lot detail in MOC, which is really nice. The background information was great, but a bit long. Nice job though!
Thank u,means alOt to hear such inspiring words from an architect
 I like it 
  March 18, 2012
This is pretty good! There is a lot detail in MOC, which is really nice. The background information was great, but a bit long. Nice job though!
 
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