This chapter discusses provincial forts, including their construction, garrisons, and their usefulness in drawing the fury of large enemy forces away from frontier towns. Although garrisons provided a sanctuary and a modicum of protection for the inhabitants and the soldiers, forts symbolized a permanent military presence on the northern frontier. They not only provided a strong defensive structure, but also served as headquarters for the provincial forces in the area and as barracks for scouting parties. To the Eastern Indians the forts embodied the power and the presence of the English government by providing a site for the negotiation and signing of treaties, and, when built on their major invasion routes, by disrupting their normal operations in time of war. Because larger enemy raiding forces focused special attention on the frontier forts, it can be said that the forts became a magnet that drew the fury of the enemy on themselves and away from the exposed communities.
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