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 Posted: Thu May 24th, 2012 01:36 am
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Hellcat
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HankC wrote:
(never real sure of the need for fort jefferson in the dry tortugas).

http://www.nps.gov/drto/historyculture/index.htm
Fort Jefferson, the largest all-masonry fort in the United States, was built between 1846 and 1875 to protect the nation's gateway to the Gulf of Mexico.

http://www.nps.gov/drto/historyculture/places.htm
Once Florida was acquisitioned in 1822, the United States began planning the creation of a large fort in the Dry Tortugas. The United States believed the 75-mile-wide straits connecting the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Ocean were critical to protect, as any forces who tried to occupy the area could gain control over Gulf Coast trading.

I read somewhere that a Commodore John Rodgers actually pushed for occupation of the the Dry Tortugas because there was an outer and inner harbor with the inner harbor being deep enough to allow ship-of-the-line ships to drop anchor and if a foreign power should control the Dry Tortugas then nothing short of naval superiority could dislodge them if they wanted to hamper US use of the Gulf Coast. Fort Jefferson was just about control of the straits connecting the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic.

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