Fort Niagara’s Flags by Yani

Old Fort Niagara State Park > NY > USA

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  • FEATURED in All About New York State NOV 01 10
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  • FEATURED in “Americas” Rural, Urban, Wild And Free JULY 2011

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The history of Old Fort Niagara spans more than 300 years. During the colonial wars in North America a fort at the mouth of the Niagara River was vital, for it controlled access to the Great Lakes and the westward route to the heartland of the continent. With the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, however, the strategic value of Fort Niagara diminished. It nonetheless remained an active military post well into the 20th century.

The three flags flown daily above the parade ground symbolize the nations which have held Fort Niagara. Each competed for the support of a fouth nation: the powerful Iroquois Confederacy. The French established the first post here, Fort Conti, in 1679. Its successor, For Denonville (1687-88) was equally short lived. In 1726 France finally erected a permanent fortification with the construction of the impressive “French Castle.” Britain gained control of Fort Niagara in 1759, during the French & Indian War, after a nineteen-day seige. The British held the post throughout the American Revolution but were forced, by treaty, to yield it to the United States in 1796. Fort Niagara was recaptured by the British in 1813. It was ceded to the United States a second time in 1815 at the end of the War of 1812.

This was Fort Niagara’s last armed conflict, and it thereafter served as a peaceful border post. The garrison expanded beyond the walls following the Civil War. Fort Niagara was a barracks and training station for American soldiers throughout both World Wars. The last army units were withdrawn in 1963. Today, the U.S. Coast Guard represents the only military presence on the site.

Old Fort Niagara was restored between 1926 and 1934. It is operated today by the Old Fort Niagara Association, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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Janusz, known by friends as Yani and his wife Renata are a husband and wife with a passion for photography, painting, drawing, and art design.
Recently photography has become their main favorite past time with a special focus on scenic and nature photography.
They always strive to capture the mysterious beauty of nature by using inventive techniques and materials.

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Comments

  • shadyuk
    shadyukover 4 years ago

    Beautiful !

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 4 years ago

    Stunning work/////love it!!cheers.

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    excellent.
    my best, francis.

  • Braedene
    Braedeneover 4 years ago

    Brilliantly captured – - love the contrasts and the tone in this one.

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 4 years ago

    Excellent

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 4 years ago

    Thank you very much to all who view and comment

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 4 years ago

    Beautifully done!

  • WendyJC
    WendyJCover 4 years ago

    fantastic effects!

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    lovely shot well presented

  • julie08
    julie08over 4 years ago

    Stunning work :)

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