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Fort Pickens is located on Santa Rosa Island which is now part of Gulf Islands National Seashore.  Positioned across the bay from Pensacola, the pentagon shaped structure guarded the entrance to Pensacola Bay Harbor and the Navy Shipyard for over a century.  The massive structure  was designed for over 200 cannon.  Completed in 1834, it was built with over 21.5 million bricks and the four foot thick walls and symmetrical  arch ways could withstand  heavy cannon fire.  

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