Forts and Castles

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  • How to Build the Perfect Castle

    This is Epic History TV's guide to building the perfect castle, based on the development of European medieval castles over 400 years of history. We trace the origins of the castle in the feudal system that emerged in France c.900 CE, and look at the early motte-and-bailey castle, used by the Norm...

  • History of Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine

    Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the United States. It was initially built in the 1600s to defend St. Augustine, Florida from attack. British pirates and privateers had burned previous wooden forts in the area, so a masonry fort was constructed. The initial phase of constructi...

  • Fort Adams' Advanced Redoubt

  • Forts of Wyoming

    Explore the Forts of Wyoming from the late 19th Century

  • The Siege of Fort Pulaski

    Fort Pulaski was built as part of the Third System of Coastal Fortifications after the war of 1812. Construction of the Fort took place over many years between 1829 and 1847. The Fort stands on Cockspur Island, at the mouth of the Savannah River, and guards the city of Savannah from seaborn attac...

  • True Gaelic - Searching for Ireland's Lost History

    This film takes you on an archaeological search for a lost history of Ireland. Powerful medieval Irish kings and lords defied English armies, fiercely defending their independence. The Gaelic Irish lived strong and free in a culture all their own.

  • Historic Fort St Frederic

    Fort St. Frederic was built in 1735 to control important waterways in the New York frontier, and for the French to lay claim over the region. This fort was an important outpost during 2 wars. Many raids by the French and their Indian allies began at Fort St. Frederic. Attacks were made all over N...

  • The Siege of Fort William Henry

    During the French and Indian War, Fort William Henry was under siege. The French assembled 8,000 men, including more than 1,800 Indians from more than 30 nations. The French artillery bombarded the fort, while their Indian allies ambushed men from the surrounding forests.
    The siege lasted six lon...

  • Alcatraz Escapes - 14 Daring Attempts

    Alcatraz is located in San Francisco Bay. The island was originally developed to defend the bay, but was quickly used as a military prison. In 1934 the island was transferred to the Department of Justice and designated a Federal Penitentiary. During it's 29 years as a federal prison 36 men tried ...

  • Freedom's Fortress: Inside Fort Monroe

    This historic fort played a crucial role in the Civil War, and was a prison for Jefferson Davis. Fort Monroe is famous for the contraband decision, or Fort Monroe Doctrine. This action taken by the commander at the fort stated that escaped slaves from the Confederacy would not be returned.
    Fort ...