Half Moone Fort, 1673

Half Moone Fort, 1673 (HMDZV)

Location: Norfolk, VA 23510
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 50.81', W 76° 17.647'

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Hostilities between the British and the Dutch continued for a number of years after the British took New Amsterdam in 1664 and established the colony of New York. The effects were felt in Hampton Roads where Dutch ships destroyed a fleet of tobacco ships at the mouth of the James River in 1667 and another fleet in Lynnhaven Bay in 1673. Following the 1673 attack the Virginia Assembly authorized construction of a fort in Lower Norfolk County to protect British settlements from possible future attacks by the Dutch. The new fort was built here, several years before the town of Norfolk was established, at a site then called Foure Farthing Pointe. The act specified that "the model be in the form of a half moon." It was armed with demi-cannons and culverins due to the broad expanse of the river at this location. The culverin was an early long cannon capable of shooting an 18 pound (5 inch) ball accurately for about 1300 yards. Building the fort cost Lower Norfolk County 35,000 pounds of tobacco.
Series This marker is part of the Virginia: Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail series
Placed ByCity of Norfolk
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 7:50am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 384621 N 4078662
Decimal Degrees36.84683333, -76.29411667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 50.81', W 76° 17.647'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 50' 48.60" N, 76° 17' 38.82" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300 Elizabeth River Trail, Norfolk VA 23510, US
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