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Star Forts


Deputydog has posted photographs of six incredible star forts. These are communities surrounded by a wall, road, or waterway shaped like a star. Although some have been around for hundreds of years, their real beauty shines when seen from the sky. This one is Bourtange, in the Netherlands. http://deputy-dog.com/2008/02/02/6-incredible-star-forts/

Edward Khoo > Most of them were built during 17th and 18th centuries, the engineers of this period already had all the required tools to trace such figures. The forts don't use a lot of stones, their "walls" use dirt (it's more efficient for the absorption of cannonball's impacts).

In France a lot of them were built under the supervision of Vauban, during the reign of Louis XIV.
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I actually used lived in a place like that called Hulst in Southern Holland for 8 years. You can check out a picture of it here: http://www.zeelandnet.nl/weblog/data/cvg/item_images/img_1095590053549.jpg

On google maps Hulst is here:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=hulst&sll=52.293257,5.160656&sspn=0.038952,0.063858&ie=UTF8&ll=51.280723,4.053698&spn=0.009959,0.015965&t=h&z=16&om=0

My dad also lived in a similar place near Amsterdam called Naarden: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=NAARDEN&sll=51.351201,-0.933838&sspn=5.092141,8.173828&ie=UTF8&ll=52.295593,5.163059&spn=0.019475,0.031929&t=h&z=15&om=0
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Pudifoot> It allows defenders to fire on anyone attacking adjacent walls. So if you attack almost any place on the fort, you would end up taking fire from at least three sides.
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