St. Augustine’s history is definitely written in the names of its streets and other locations. One such area is Matanzas Bay and Matanzas River. Loosely interpreted as meaning “bloody”, the word Matanzas has a definition closer to that of another word, “slaughters”.
It all relates to the early bloody days of Spain ruthlessly crushing all opposition to its occupation of this part of the New World.
Matanzas Bay sits opposite the Castillo de San Marcos and Matanzas River borders the eastern edge of St. Augustine’s historic district.
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