The New Fort was built on a smaller scale than planned only a few years earlier. In the interim the authorities seem to have dropped any plan to replace the Old Fort with the New one, and intended to operate the two in tandem. This may be inferred from the concurrent construction in 1838 of a large soldiers' barrack within the Old Fort. Also note the substitution of an eight-foot high cedar fence around the New Fort for the ramparts and dry moat shown in the 1833 plan. The New Fort was assigned a subsidiary defensive role.
by Captain Vincent Biscoe of the Royal Engineers, December 2, 1841.
Image courtesy Library and Archives Canada NMC5394
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