Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fort York

Did you know Canada.. Fort York is a historic site of military fortifications on the west side of downtown Toronto. The fort was built by the British Army and Canadian militia troops in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, to defend the settlement from the threat of a military attack, specifically from the United States.

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Known as the birthplace of Toronto it began in 1793 when Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe built a garrison on the present site of Fort York. It was a perfect site for the settlement and defensive stance because of its natural harbour and relative longer distance from the United States.

Fort York’s cannon and earthworks became obsolete in the 1880s, although the army continued to use the fort for training, barracks, offices and storage until the 1930s. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1923.

Fort York is now home to Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings.

Source: fortyork.ca, Wikipedia

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