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Fort Malden of Amherstburg
The first post, known as Fort Amherstburg, was constructed in 1796 near the mouth of the Detroit River where it empties into Lake Erie. This post was the headquarters for the British forces in southwestern Upper Canada during the War of 1812. Fort Malden was erected after the war and rebuilt in 1838-40 and served once again as a centre for the British defence during the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837-39.
Today the 4.5 hectare site includes remains of the 1840-period earthworks and four buildings, including a restored and furnished 1819 brick barracks. An orientation centre and interpretation centre with exhibits will help you to discover the fascinating history of this outpost of the British Empire
about 25 km from Windsor (South)
near Detroit river
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HISTORIC FORT MALDEN IN AMHERSTBURG
A key British defensive post during the War of 1812 and the Rebellion of 1837. HISTORIC FORT MALDEN is located on the Detroit riverfront in the town of Amherstburg. The site includes original earthworks and a restored barrack.
A plaque in the front of the fort reads: "This post was begun by the Royal Canadian Volunteers in 1796 to replace Detroit and to maintain Briish influence among the Western Indians. As the principal defence of the Detroit Frontier in 1812, it was here that Isaac Brock gathered his forces for the attack on Detroit. The next year, with supply lines cut and control of Lake Erie lost to the Americans, the British could not hold the fort, which they evacuated and burned. Partially rebuilt by the invading Americans, it was returned on July 1, 1815 to the British who maintained a frontier garrison here until 1851."
Admission to the Fort was $3.95 for Adults.
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