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Strategic ImportanceWhen European explorers reached the Great Lakes, they realized that passage up the Niagara River would unlock routes to the west. Traveling by water from the lakes, they could reach the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and even acc…
In July 1759, 2,300 British and New York troops, with about 900 Iroquois allies laid siege to French-held Fort Niagara. 19 days later, with its wall breached and a French relief force defeated only a mile away, Fort Niagara surrendered.
Built ByCapitaineFran?ois Pouchot1757
Rehabilitated Through TheGenerosity ofWallace I. Keep1932
Dedicated asL' Institut d' Honneur(Institute of Honor)
Here at the mouth of the NiagaraRene-Robert Cavelier,Sieur De La Salleraised the first rude palisadesof a fort and from this base beganhis far voyaging in explorationof Mid-Americathe Ohio, the Great Lakes and theMississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
This House,The "Castle" ofFort Niagarawas built by the French1726, approximately on thesite occupied by La Salle1678, and Denonville 1687.Taken by the British1759, it was held by them asa base of warfare against theAmerican frontiers duringthe War…
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This Agreement Between the United States and Great Britain in Eighteen Hundred Seventeen has Assumed the Force of an International Treaty
The Naval Force to be maintained upon the American Lakes by His Majesty …
ToFather Pierre Millet,French Jesuit PriestMissionary to the Iroquois and Chaplain at Fort NiagaraWho, Here, on Good Friday 1688Erected a CrossInvoking God's mercy for the plague-stricken garrison.
During the 18th century, the Niagara Portage provided one of the great access points to the interior of North America. Here, travelers from the east could reach the upper Great Lakes after a relatively short portage around Niagara Falls.
First Light on the Great LakesYou are standing near the site of the earliest lighthouse on the Great Lakes; a lantern room on the roof of the French Castle inside the fort. From that first whale oil fueled lantern, the Niagara lights evolved to th…
Thru This Archway Pass the Worlds Best MarksmenFort Niagara'sRifle RangeIn the 1870s, the United States Army began training soldiers in marksmanship. Prior to this, soldiers were not regularly trained to fire for great accuracy. By the 1870s, howe…