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Fort Pate, Bayle

  • Vicinity: Pate Island in the Gironde estuary
  • Type: Stronghold, fort
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Fort Pate is a former military stronghold erected on an island in the Gironde estuary of western France. Fort Pate was sited by Sebastien Le Prestre de Vauban between Fort Medoc and the Blaye citadel to create a defensive triptych to protect Bordeaux. It also dissuades Bordeaux from making "the pig" (to use the expression of Vauban) that is to say that it stops selling itself to the enemy. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1685/05/00 Intendant Bazin de Bezons observes that the banks of Ile de Saint Simon erode easily.
1690/00/00 Louis XIV of France Sovereign Louis XIV authorizes the construction of a fortress on Ile de Saint Simon in the estuary of the Gironde. The island, an unstabilized sandbank which had formed a few decades earlier, requires the placement of a wooden base below the fort's foundation.
1693/00/00 Sebastien Le Prestre de Vauban Engineer Oval shaped, the 12 meters high Fort Pate is completed. The stratigic location fills a gap in the limited cannon range between La citadelle de Blaye and Fort Medoc.

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Particulars for Fort Pate, Bayle:
Area of Significance Architecture
Sight Category Building
Category for Historic Use Defense
Area of Significance Engineering
Structure Type Fortification
Structure Stronghold, fort

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