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Kingston Fortifications

Kingston Fortifications

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2009

Kingston Fortifications

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2009

Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The City of Kingston
On the south side of Ontario Street
between Brock and Clarence streets

Coordinates: N 44 13.770 W 76 28.777


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Plaque Text

The site of the Royal Naval Dockyard during the War of 1812, Kingston assumed even greater strategic importance as the southern terminus of the Rideau Canal, which was built between 1826 and 1832. An extensive fortification plan of redoubts, towers, and batteries was developed to protect the dockyard and entrance to the canal, but only Fort Henry was actually built. In response to the Oregon Crisis with the United States in 1845-1846, four Martello towers and the Market Battery, which stood on this site, were constructed between 1846 and 1848.

Related Ontario plaques
Kingston Navy Yard
Rideau Canal 1826-1832
Fort Henry
Murney Martello Tower


Kingston Plaques

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