Fort Brooklyn

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Fort Brooklyn (1780-1783) - A British Revolutionary War Fort established in 1780 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. Abandoned as a fortification in 1783 at the end of the war. Also known as The Citadel.

History of Fort Brooklyn

Established by the British occupiers of New York City in May of 1780 on Brooklyn Heights near the Patriot Fort Stirling. Built as a large, 450 feet square fortification surrounded by a 20' deep ditch with ramparts 40' to 50' high and bastions at the corners. Enclosed inside the compound was a large barracks and two bombproof powder magazines. Still under construction in July 1781, the fort was garrisoned by some 200 Hessian troops and armed with 18 cannons.

Abandoned as a fortification in 1783 when the British evacuated New York City at the end of the war.

Current Status

No remains. Said to have been located at the intersection of Pierrepont and Henry streets in Brooklyn on the highest point of Brooklyn Heights. The fort site was destroyed and overbuilt between 1823 and 1825.


Location: Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.

Maps & Images

Lat: 40.6954 Long: -73.99398

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