Fort George (14)
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Fort George (14) (1626-1790) - A Colonial Fort first established as Fort Amsterdam in 1626 by the Dutch in present day Manhattan, New York County, New York. Named Fort George in 1714 by the British for King George I. Captured by Patriots at the beginning of the Revolutionary War but surrendered to the British in 1775 and held until they evacuated New York City in 1783. Demolished in 1790. See the name progression below.
History of Fort George
Established in 1626 by Dutch colonists, at first it was simply a blockhouse encircled by red cedar palisades backed by earthworks. By 1642 a stone church was being built within the enclosure of the fort. In 1664 the fort mounted 20 guns, but was no match for the English expedition to which it was surrendered in that year. The English lost the fort one more time to the Dutch but in 1674 they retook it and began to name it for successive English and British monarchs beginning with King James and ending with George III. The British expanded the fort over the years and by the Revolutionary War it could mount some 90 guns.
During the Revolutionary War the fort was first captured by the Patriots in 1775 but recaptured by the British in 1776 along with New York City. The British evacuated the city on 25 Nov 1783 and the fort was returned to American control. In 1790 the fort was torn down to make way for what was to have been the residence of the President of the United States but by the time it was finished the Capitol had moved from New York to Philadelphia.
- Fort Amsterdam (1625-1664) - Dutch Fort
- Fort James (1664-1673) - English Fort
- Fort Willem Hendrick (1673-1674) - Dutch Fort
- Fort James (1674-1691) - English Fort
- Fort William Henry (1) (1691-1703) - English Fort
- Fort Anne (2) (1703-1714) - English/British Fort
- Fort George (1714-1775) - British Fort
- Fort George (1775-1776) - American Patriot Fort
- Fort George (1776-1783) - Recaptured by British
- Fort George (1783-1790) - American Fort
Destroyed in 1790.
Site is now the location of the U.S. Customs House, Manhattan, New York County, New York.
USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry:
- Name: Fort George Type: Historical Class: Military ID: 2061951
- Location: New York County, New York, US, FIPS Code: 36061
- Latitude: 40.7036111, Longitude: -74.0141667, Elevation: 10 Map: Jersey City
- As Of: 01 Jan 2000
- Source: U.S. Board on Geographic Names
Location: Manhattan, New York County, New York.
Maps & Images
Lat: 40.704333 Long: -74.013767
- Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 599-600
- North American Forts - Fort George
- Wikipedia - Fort George
- New York State Military Museum - Fort George
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