São José da Ponta Grossa Fortress, Florianópolis, State of Santa Catarina, Brazil

For centuries, the city of Florianópolis – initially it was called (Nossa Senhora do) Desterro) – was protected by a defense system, which consisted of fortresses at both sides of the narrow strait that separates Santa Catarina Island – on which Florianópolis is located – from the Brazilian mainland.

The north of the island was protected by a number of fortresses that are located within a virtual triangle. One of these fortresses is São José da Ponta Grossa.

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