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A Fortress in Manhattan

By Linda Tancs

At the foot of Manhattan in New York City lies a fortress, a national monument that celebrated its 200th anniversary last year.  Known as Castle Clinton (named after Governor Dewitt Clinton of New York State), the structure was one of the New York Harbor forts built just before the War of 1812 with Great Britain.  Over the last two centuries, the fort has also served as an entertainment center, an immigration landing depot and an aquarium.  Saved from demolition in 1946, the Castle was restored to its original design by the National Park Service and today houses the ticket office for the Statue of Liberty, welcoming over 3 million visitors annually.

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