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Constructed in 1861, Fort Point was strategically placed to guard the Bay Area from potential intrusion.

Originally, the base of the cliff was occupied by an adobe fort, built in 1794 by Spanish invaders. After the Mexican war of Independence (1821), the Mexican American war (1846) and the subsequent annexation of California by the USA, the adobe structure was demolished. The Gold Rush of 1849 made securing the Bay a priority for the US military.

Replacing it, Fort Point was completed just before the Civil War, and constantly fortified by the Union's troops and cannons, it awaited attacks from the Confederate Army. Fortunately, the war was over before the Confederate ship could arrive, and the Fort was never truly used.

Now, it stands at the foot of the iconic Golden gate bridge, a pillar of which fills the left frame of this picture. Also, the shadow of the bridge extends along the waters of the gate behind the fort.

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