The Bastion of San Pedro

The Bastion of San Pedro (HM1YV3)

Location: Veracruz, Veracruz 91891
Country: Mexico

N 19° 12.566', W 96° 7.923'

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Baluarte de San Pedro
Esta es la construcción más antigua de la fortaleza; se tiene registro de su existencia desde 1535, como una pequeña torre no más alta que un hombre. Antes de que se
erigiera el muro de las argollas, los barcos que llegaban a la costa se amarraban a esta edificación conocida como "la torre vieja"; hacia 1689 se convirtió en medio baluarte. Sus bóvedas fueron hechas a "prueba de bomba" y sus muros exteriores en talud para reducir el impacto de los proyectiles.Parte del baluarte fue rellenado para darle estabilidad a su estructura, por lo que uno de sus muros tiene un espesor de más de treinta metros. De sus aspilleras se asomaban dieciséis cañones para defender la fortaleza de los enemigos. San Pedro está formado por una serie de bóvedas irregulares que sirvieron para almacenar la mercancía que traían o llevaban los barcos: vinos, aceites, embutidos, ganado, aves, telas, oro, plata y piedras preciosas, entre otros. También se utilizó como habitación para la tropa acuartelada. El baluarte fungió como referencia náutica; sobre su torreón tenía una farola que fue sustituida en 1796 por un faro traido desde Inglaterra y que funcionaba por medio de una maquinaria de reloj, ofreciendo una luz intermitente para orientar a los barcos que se acercaban al puerto. A principios
del siglo XX, la torre sirvió también como estación meteorológica del puerto de Veracruz.English translation:
Bastion of San Pedro
This is the oldest building in the fortress: its existence has been recorded since 1535 as a small tower no higher than a man. Before the erection of the Wall of the Rings, the ships that arrived at the coast were tied to this building, then known as "the old tower". By 1689 it became a bastion. Its vaults were made to be "bomb proof" and its outer walls were sloped to reduce the impact of artillery. Part of the bulwark was filled to give stability to the structure, and for this reason one of its walls has a thickness of more than thirty meters. From its loopholes sixteen guns provided defense for the fortress from enemies. San Pedro is formed by a series of irregular vaults that served to store the merchandise that ships brought or carried: wines, oils, sausages, livestock, birds, cloth, gold, silver and precious stones, among other materials . It was also used as quarters for troops. The bastion served also as a nautical reference. Its tower originally had a lamp that was replaced in 1796 by a light brought from England. This light worked by means of clock machinery, offering a flashing light to orient ships that were approaching the port. At the beginning of the 20th century, the
tower also served as a meteorological station for the port of Veracruz.
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Date Added Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14Q E 801571 N 2126485
Decimal Degrees19.20943333, -96.13205000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 19° 12.566', W 96° 7.923'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds19° 12' 33.96" N, 96° 7' 55.38" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near Pedro Saenz de Baranda, Veracruz Veracruz 91891, MX
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