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Staten Island in Richmond County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Historic Fort Wadsworth

Since 1636

 
 
Historic Fort Wadsworth Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, 1990
1. Historic Fort Wadsworth Marker
Inscription. As its discoverer in 1574, Verrazzano observed the surrounding terrain and called it Agoleme. Upon this high ground Lenape Indians gazed down on Hudson’s Half Moon as it sailed through the Narrows in 1609. In 1636, the Dutch erected the first block house, destroyed by Indians in 1655 and re-built in 1663 - one year before the Duke of York’s men took possession of the territory. The British enlarged the fort and maintained control of the entire area until their departure in 1763. firing in this direction what may have been “the last shot of the Revolutionary War.”
 
Location. 40° 36.27′ N, 74° 3.262′ W. Marker is in Staten Island, New York, in Richmond County. Marker is on Battery Road. Click for map. The marker is at the east end of Battery Road, just north of the west tower of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, on the Fort Wadsworth unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area. It is accessible from the Staten Island Expressway (I-278) via the Bay Street exit. Marker is in this post office area: Staten Island NY 10305, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Verrazano – Narrows Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery Weed (within shouting distance of this marker);
Historic Fort Wadsworth Marker at the Verrazono Narrows Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, 1990
2. Historic Fort Wadsworth Marker at the Verrazono Narrows
Fort Tompkins (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Defending New York Harbor (about 300 feet away); Battery Duane (about 400 feet away); Fort Wadsworth (about 400 feet away); Dry Moat and Counterscarp (about 500 feet away); Fort Wadsworth / (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Staten Island.
 
Also see . . .
1. National Park Service - Gateway National Recreation Area. (Submitted on May 26, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Fort Wadsworth. (Submitted on May 26, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Battery Weed. (Submitted on May 26, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Battery Weed; Giovanni da Verrazzano; Verrazzano Narrows.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsColonial EraForts, CastlesMilitaryWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels
 
Fort Wadsworth - Battery Weed (constr. 1845-1861) Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, 1990
3. Fort Wadsworth - Battery Weed (constr. 1845-1861)
Battery Weed Photo, Click for full size
Wikipedia
4. Battery Weed
Battery Weed Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2009
5. Battery Weed
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 845 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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