Fort Crawford - Wallace 1 Eric Wallace Anthropology 355 Dr....

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Wallace 1 Eric Wallace Anthropology 355 Dr. Behm Site Summary No. 7 7 May 2007 Fort Crawford The early to late 1800’s were a time of great trade, but also, a time of turmoil. There were many battles being fought throughout the United States during this time. Few people realize that Wisconsin was actually involved in a few of these battles. One such battle occurred at a military outpost in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, called Fort Shelby. Fort Shelby was destroyed, and new even better fort, Fort Crawford was built in its place. Fort Crawford is located in what is now Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The fort was built in 1816 by the Americans. Fort Crawford measured 343 feet on each side. The fort was constructed entirely of wood except for the fort’s magazine (WHS). According to Bruce Mahan, Fort Crawford was constructed on the site of what was Fort Shelby. Fort Shelby was built on an island of the Mississippi River during the war of 1812 by the Americans. On July 19, 1814, Fort Shelby was captured by British forces and renamed Fort McKay. The British would continue to occupy Prairie du Chien until 1815, after the Treaty of Ghent restored the pre-war border between
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