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Virtual tour of the French and Indian War

I’m working my way through a book that’s been on my reading list for a long time: Fred Anderson’s Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766.  It’s a fantastic piece of work that’s set me to thinking about the French and Indian War.

Some time ago, I posted about virtual battlefield touring via Wikimapia, the collaborative website that lets you mark points of interest on satellite imagery.  Since the French and Indian War is one of those overlooked conflicts, I thought I wouldn’t be able to find many relevant entries about it, but I was wrong.

It turns out that all those fortifications from the showdown between Britain and France make for some interesting landmarks.  Take a virtual visit to Fort Ticonderoga and the Fort Carillon battlefield, Fort William Henry, Fort Necessity, and Forts Duquesne and Pitt.  A major thoroughfare runs through the Pitt site, so only a few of the bastions have been reconstructed, but it’s still pretty neat.

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Virtual battlefields and popular memory

If you’ve got an internet connection and time to kill, swing over to Wikimapia.  Like Google Earth, it allows you to browse through satellite photos and scope out the terrain.  Unlike Google Earth, it allows visitors to mark and describe features of interest.  History buffs have gotten in on the act, so you can do some nifty virtual battlefield touring.

Since Wikimapia is a collaborative project, the entries reflect popular interest.  The most thoroughly-documented sites are the famous Civil War battles.  Gettysburg is marked up like crazy; even the Longstreet Monument has a notation.  Antietam and Shiloh also have some great detail.  That’s not the case for the Revolutionary War sites.  Check out Cowpens, King’s Mountain, Lexington Green, and Yorktown.  I tried searching for some War of 1812 sites, but most of them didn’t turn up any results.

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