The forts of America varied 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 of forts
, we imagine a high stockade type wall of sharpened logs that surround a number of buildings. Inside these walls were hardy pioneers and soldiers
, valiantly defending themselves from hostile Indians
on the outside. Though western films have perpetuated this idea, and sometimes forts were built in a stockade type manner, the purpose and style of forts varied widely and this “typical” scenario was the exception rather than the rule.
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