"A Castle in Battery Park?" Battery Park Tip by icunme

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  Castle Clinton in Battery Park
by icunme

Here it tis - Castle Clinton - and the kids had a great time while we purchased out tickets for Ellis Island. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, Castle Clinton represents not only the growth of New York City, but the growth of a Nation. First intended to keep out a British invasion in 1812, the Castle has transformed over the years to welcome theater goers, immigrants, sightseers and now millions of visitors to New York Harbor.
Castle Clinton and more than a dozen other forts was built in anticipation of the War of 1812. The Southwest Battery was constructed on the rocks off the tip of Manhattan Island between 1808 and 1811. Although fully armed, the fort never had occasion to fire upon an enemy. In 1817, the fort was renamed Castle Clinton in honor of DeWitt Clinton, Mayor and later Governor of New York. The army vacated the fort in 1821 and the structure was deeded to New York City.

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  • Updated Mar 31, 2007
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