Plan of Fort Montgomery, drawn by Colonel Palmer, 1776.
What elements of the map, both natural and manmade, would have provided defense for the Continental Army?
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 does the geography influence the positioning of the fort?
What are the benefits and drawbacks of the positioning of the fort and the elements within it?
What can you learn about the American Revolution/ Continental Army based on this document?
Create a map of all of the military forts from the American Revolution located in New York State. Consider which of these are on waterways and which are not. How might this influence the events that occurred at each fort?
What benefits did the geography of the land provide the American forces? What drawbacks were there?
English Language Arts: Imagine that you are a British soldier seeing Fort Montgomery for the first time in 1777. Write a description of the fort, its defenses and your experiences fighting there. Be sure to explain the obstacles that the geography of the land presented.