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St Augustine, Florida

Richard Shortlidge, 68, is spending his retirement years firing muskets and cannons. He portrays a Spanish soldier in full uniform and performs traditional leatherworking at Fort Mose Historic State Park in St. Augustine, Fla., the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. “I explain what it was like to be a soldier in the middle of the 18th century and a little bit about the craft that I do,” he says. Shortlidge, a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer, also volunteers at Fort Matanzas and the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest 17th century masonry fort in North America. “If you are a lover of history and nature, you’d be hard-pressed to find a place that combines both of these as well as they are combined in St. Augustine,” Shortlidge says.

By Emily BrandonUS News & World Report
September 6, 2010

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