Protect the Harbor!
Fort Jay and Castle Williams, the two historic forts that make up Governors Island National Monument, were built to protect New York City from naval attack. The online game "Protect the Harbor" (part of the WebRangers program) is a fun way to teach students about the War of 1812, and test how well they can defend a coastal city like New York! They will also discover where other forts in New York Harbor were located, and why this system was so important to the brand new United States.
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Share park stories and pictures with other WebRangers around the world in the "My Community" section. Now there are over 49,000 registered WebRangers; and over 1,600 have earned WebRangers patches by completing all of the activities.
Did You Know?
At the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Henry Hunt commanded the artillery that poured down shot and shell on the Confederate soldiers in Pickett's Charge. From 1844 to 1845 he was a 2nd lieutenant at Fort Columbus on Governors Island recruiting soldiers for the 2nd Artillery Regiment.