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Fort Casimir: Key to the Early Delaware Valley

 
 
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By Devry Jones, March 1, 2019
1. Fort Casimir: Key to the Early Delaware Valley Marker
Inscription.  In the mid-1600s this site was the focal point of a three-nation struggle for control of the Delaware River. Dutch military leaders recognized the strategic importance of this place in controlling river traffic in 1651 and established a fort here. Swedish settlers from Fort Christina (now Wilmington) responded by seizing the fort in 1654 and renaming it Fort Trefaldighet (Fort Trinity). A year later, Peter Stuyvesant, the governor of New Netherland, force the surrender of the fort to the Dutch. The fort remained in Dutch hands until the English assaulted and captured it in 1664. Its capture assured English control of the Delaware Valley.

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Archaeologists working on this site found remains of the fort's defensive works. They also found what may be a grenade or cannon ball.
 
Erected by New Castle Community Partnership.
 
Location. 39° 39.728′ N, 75° 33.561′ W. Marker is in New Castle, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on East Second Street east of Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling
Fort Casimir: Key to the Early Delaware Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 1, 2019
2. Fort Casimir: Key to the Early Delaware Valley Marker
east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 207 East Second Street, New Castle DE 19720, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Fort Casimir (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Casimir (within shouting distance of this marker); Broad Dyke (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Castle Killed In Action Memorial (about 600 feet away); Mount Salem U.M. Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Midshipman John Stockton, United States Navy (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Read (approx. 0.2 miles away); Revolutionary War Patriots in the Immanuel Churchyard (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Castle.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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