Diagram of Fort Clinton and Fort Montgomery, including surrounding terrain and showing boom and chain on the Hudson River. Lithograph by R.H. Pease, Albany, n.d.
After breaking the map into quadrants, what elements of geography do you see?
How has the author chosen to show these elements (artistically, with text, etc.)?
What does the text on this map teach you about the purpose of the map?
How has the geography of the land influenced the shape of the forts?
What evidence on the map explains the selection of the sites for the forts?
What is the purpose of the boom and chain in the map? What does this have to do with the geography of the region?
What can you learn about the American Revolution/ Continental Army based on this document?
Research the battle at Fort Clinton and Fort Montgomery in October of 1776. What benefits did the geography of the land provide the American forces? What drawbacks were there?
English Language Arts: Write a letter from the general in charge of each fort to George Washington. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of each, focusing on geography.