Coveted for their strategic military locations, forts often changed hands many times. Forts played a vital role in the settlement of the New World and were a means of refuge for soldiers and settlers. The difficult life of the soldier is detailed, from the harsh living conditions to the primitive medical care they received. Children will enjoy reading about: the different types of fort, including the fur fort and the military fort; the day-to-day lives of the community of men, women, and children who lived there; the businesses that sprang up in a fort; the "war of the forts" between Fort Niagara and Fort George.
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In Europe, it is common to see walled cities and huge castles that were once important fortifications. Fortifications are defenses, such as banked-up earth, rough logs, or thick stone, that make something strong. The first Europeans to settle in North America brought the tradition of building fortifications with them.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Taken from Chapter 6: Drilling Hup, two, three, four! Marching drills were also important. When in battle, the soldiers had to march quickly and in an orderly fashion to signals beaten on a drum. When muskets were in use, the soldiers stood shoulder to shoulder on the battlefield and fired volleys at the enemy. The enemy faced a deadly flurry of hundreds of lead balls. Standing shoulder to shoulder made it difficult for enemy soldiers to break through the line. This and other formations were practiced over and over again to make sure that the soldiers would not make mistakes in battle.
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Book Description Crabtree Pub Co, 1994. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0865054967