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SAN JUAN DE ULÚA FORT

SAN JUAN DE ULÚA FORT
Veracruz, Mexico
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BACKGROUND

For nearly 350 years, the San Juan de Ulúa Fort in Veracruz served as the primary military stronghold of the Spanish Empire in the Americas. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The San Juan de Ulúa Fort was declared a National Historic Monument by President Adolfo López Mateos in 1962 and it was placed on the Watch in 1996, 2000, and 2002. The National Institute of Anthropology and History developed a comprehensive conservation plan that was implemented between 2000 and 2004. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The San Juan de Ulúa Fort is one of the most renowned fortifications in the Americas. It played major roles in both the beginning and closing stages of Spanish rule in Mexico. The building also served as naval workshops, barracks and a prison. During the 19th and 20th centuries, it served as Mexico’s presidential headquarters.