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How Big was the Original Fort Condé?

 
 
How Big was the Original Fort Condé? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 26, 2015
1. How Big was the Original Fort Condé? Marker
Inscription. Since colonial rulers were unable to attract large numbers of settlers to Mobile, the Port City’s population remained small and never grew above 500. Because the majority of Mobile’s population was military personnel, the city was built around the fort and it became the focal point or town center for the Greater Mobile Bay area. Differences and errors in some maps made in Europe during the three colonial periods make accurate measurements of the original fort difficult. However, a good estimate can be made using the 1763 British Pittman Map of Mobile.

Researchers believe that the Pittman Map remains one of the most accurate maps of the town and fort of Mobile. Sometimes referred to as a square, standard, or star design, Fort Condé measured about 90,000 square feet or 2 acres on the inside, and covered approximately 490,000 square feet or 11 acres of land on the outside if one includes the outer earthworks and defenses leading up to the fort structure. If the full size fort was present today, it would take up large sections of Church, Royal, Government, St. Emanuel, and Theatre Streets in downtown Mobile.
 
Erected by the Museum of Mobile.
 
Location. 30° 41.334′ N, 88° 2.389′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama
The Pittman Map superimposed over a modern map of Mobile. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 26, 2015
2. The Pittman Map superimposed over a modern map of Mobile.
, in Mobile County. Marker is at the intersection of South Royal Street and Church Street, on the right when traveling south on South Royal Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 South Royal Street, Mobile AL 36602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Revolutionary War at Mobile (within shouting distance of this marker); "Damn The Torpedoes!" The Campaigns for Mobile, 1864 - 1865 (within shouting distance of this marker); L'Arbre de Pau (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Mobile's First Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); Mobile's First Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christ Church (about 400 feet away); Mobile's First Mardi Gras Parade (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
 
Regarding How Big was the Original Fort Condé?. The current Fort Condé, about 1/3 of the original fort recreated in 4/5-scale, opened on July 4, 1976 as part of Mobile’s United States bicentennial celebration.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Fort Condé. (Submitted on August 15, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Fort Condé Museum website. (Submitted on August 15, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
French Fort Condé reconstruction plaque. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 26, 2015
3. French Fort Condé reconstruction plaque.

 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
Model of Fort Condé. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 26, 2015
4. Model of Fort Condé.
Period objects found around the fort. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 26, 2015
5. Period objects found around the fort.
Spanish & British cannons located outside the fort. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 26, 2015
6. Spanish & British cannons located outside the fort.
Walls inside the fort. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 26, 2015
7. Walls inside the fort.
Inside Fort Condé image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 26, 2015
8. Inside Fort Condé
The Founder - Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 26, 2015
9. The Founder - Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
He supervised the construction of this fort.
A corner bastion sentry box, topped with fleur de lis. image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
10. A corner bastion sentry box, topped with fleur de lis.
The Museum of Mobile- Fort Condé Model image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 9, 2011
11. The Museum of Mobile- Fort Condé Model
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 315 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 15, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   11. submitted on August 16, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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