Historian: Location of 1614 Dutch Fort Pinpointed

The Saratogian | August 20, 2014 | AP Column

ALBANY, N.Y. - (AP) -- A historian who found the buried remnants of a Dutch Colonial fort in Albany 45 years ago says he has pinpointed the location of an earlier fortification.

John Wolcott says he used old maps to determine the exact location of Fort Nassau in what is now the northern end of a rail spur at the Port of Albany, along the Hudson River's west bank.

Wolcott says the spot should be searched for artifacts or the fort's remains, and if any are found, a larger archaeological excavation should be done to preserve the site.

Dutch explorers built Fort Nassau in 1614 but abandoned it three years later because of flooding. Fort Orange was built nearby and later became Albany.

Global Partners has backed off plans to build a crude oil facility where Wolcott says the fort was located.

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