Defending New York Harbor

Defending New York Harbor (HME9Z)

Location: Virginia City, NY 10305 Richmond County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 36.29', W 74° 3.321'

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" . . . [the Narrows are] the place pointed out by nature for the defense of the harbor . . . " ? ? Prussian General Friedrich von Steuben, Aide to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War

How do you protect one of the world's busiest ports? This question has challenged military leaders for centuries. In 1776, the British landed unopposed on Staten Island, captured New York City, fortified this point, and occupied the area until the Revolutionary War ended.

Starting in 1794, the state of New York began building forts here. The War of 1812 hastened those efforts and, by 1817, ten forts built by the state and the U.S. War department ringed this harbor.

As weapons improved over time, this circle of forts expanded to defend New York Harbor - which has not been attacked since the British left in 1783.
HM NumberHME9Z
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 8:14am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 579919 N 4495320
Decimal Degrees40.60483333, -74.05535000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 36.29', W 74° 3.321'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 36' 17.40" N, 74° 3' 19.26" W
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Area Code(s)718
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 131-137 Hudson Rd, Virginia City NY 10305, US
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