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Map of Halifax, 1865

Type: Image

Starting in the late 1820s, the fortifications of Halifax were developed into a formidable defence complex. The new Citadel on the hill dominated the city’s landscape with batteries dotting the coast to provide crossfire against enemy ships. George’s Island was also heavily fortified to block the passage leading into Bedford basin. This 1865 map of Halifax shows these defences were woven into the layout of the city. (Library and Archives Canada, NMC 48125-6/6)

Site: National Defence

Prince of Wales Tower - History

Type: Document

Prince of Wales Tower was constructed in 1796 to defend the two batteries of Point Pleasant Park from invasion through Halifax Harbour.

Site: Parks Canada

National Historic Site - Prince of Wales Tower

Type: Document

Built in 1796-97 to protect British batteries from French attack, the Prince of Wales Tower was the first tower of its type in North America and is part of the Halifax Defence Complex.

Site: Parks Canada