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Friday, May 20, 2011
Forts Across the American West
The forts of theAmerican Westvaried in type from military posts, to fortresses established by fur trading companies, to private enterprises built solely to protect the pioneers within.
Most often when we think ofOld West forts, we imagine a high stockade type wall of sharpened logs that surround a number of buildings. Inside these walls are hardy pioneers and soldiers, valiantly defending themselves from hostileIndianson the outside. Though western films have perpetuated this idea, and sometimesfortswerebuilt in a stockade type manner, the purpose and style offortsvaried widely and this "typical" scenario was the exception rather than the rule.
Contrary to the myths perpetuated by western films, most militaryfortsof theAmerican Westwere not established to protect the settlers fromIndians; rather, they were built to maintainpeaceamong the tribes, as well as betweenNative Americansand white emigrants.
Many people are not aware that Alcatraz was a fort