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Plate X. Picture of Fort Caroline

Plate X. Picture of Fort Caroline

Thus was erected a triangular work, afterwards named Fort Caroline. The base of the triangle, looking westward, was defended only by a small ditch, and a wall of sods nine feet high. The side near the river was built up with planks and fascines. On the southern side was a building after the fashion of a citadel, which was for a granary to hold their provisions. The whole was of fascines and earth, except the upper part of the wall for two or three feet, which was of sods. In the middle if the fort was a roomy open space eighteen yards long, and as many wide. Midway on the southern side of this space were the soldiers’ quarters; and on the north side was a building which was higher than it should have been, and was in consequence blown over by the wind a little afterwards. Experience thus taught us that in this country, where the winds are so furious, houses must be built low. There was also another open space, pretty large, one side of which was closed in by the granary above mentioned, while on another side stood the residence of Laudonnière, looking out upon the river, and with a piazza all round it. The principle door of this opened upon the larger open space; and the rear door, upon the river.at a safe distance from the works, an oven was erected; for, as the houses were roofed with palm branches, they would very easily have caught fire. 

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