Photographer's Note

Due to the island's history of pirate attacks, Spanish hostility and other tumultuous chapters, the Portuguese Crown decided to secure the land. To this end, taking advantage of the plentiful labour hands of the just arrived Azorian and Madeiran settlers, Brigadier Jose da Silva Paes set out to build the most impenetrable maritime fortress complex in the new world. Curiously enough, the island was taken later on in history by a Spanish commander who drove his troops through the jungle and attacked it by land. With all the guns pointed out to sea, the Portuguese were defenceless.
The So Jos da Ponta Grossa fortress is 25 kilometers from the center of Florianpolis on Anhatorimirim Island. It is strategically located on top of a hill, framed by the beauty of the rocky coasts and the white sand of the Forte Beach, it constitutes the third flank of a triangular defense system.
The information above, as well other views from the building can be found in:
http://www.brazil4you.com/pontur/?CodAtr=2482
http://www.bootsnall.com/samericatravelguides/floripa/mar01floripa.shtml

Ive decided for not erasing the waste basket.. and add it to the hunt ancient and new.
Sorry for the angle: it could be better.. but ther were almost 200 people in the island at that moment.. I was lucky too capture only a couple!!

Workshops are welcome... the weather conditions were bad, and Ill appreciate any suggestion to improve the picture!!

rmatthews, efimoore, dkeus31, pamastro, Bolivar, DavidBat has marked this note useful

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