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Canadian Historic Sites: Occasional Papers in Archaeology and History No. 23

Blockhouses in Canada, 1749-1841: A Comparative Report and Catalogue

by Richard J. Young


This report is a preliminary study of blockhouses in Canada for the period 1749 to 1841. In Part I, the author briefly describes the origins of the blockhouse and, using seven of these defensive structures which span the era of blockhouse construction in British North America, compares their structural details. The remainder of Part I describes, within an historical framework, the varying functions of blockhouses in their defensive roles. Part II is an alphabetical catalogue of blockhouses in Canada, each accompanied by relevant documentation.

Submitted for publication, 1969, by Richard J. Young, National Historic Parks and Sites Branch, Halifax.

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