Fortress Earth

I have always had an interest in classical fortifications and castles. I am an avid Google Earther and I came across a GE file titled "World Forts" with the description, "I decided to post ALL the forts." However, I quickly discovered that the file didn't have but a fraction of world forts and even left out some of the most famous fortifications in history.


By this time, I had been working on mapping North Korea for 2 years, and so I was confident in my ability to locate something as obvious as a fort or artillery battery. Being the somewhat obsessive person that I am, I began to create a file that will actually have every existing fort in the world that was built after 1000 AD (or that was in use by that time even if it was built prior). I have dubbed this project "Fortress Earth"


Of course, a fort is a military instillation. For the last several thousand years, until relatively recently, the homes and palaces of national and city rulers also served a duel purpose, one of which being military. So, I have expanded the original intent of the file to include castles that once served a very real military purpose as well as castles and palaces that, while perhaps not military in nature, were either important or impressive. 


This project will take me quite a while, but thanks to the work others have done in certain countries, I am confident that my final file will have 90% or more of global forts, but also a majority of existing castles that can be seen via satellite imagery. No doubt there will be places missing given the scope of this project, so, if you know of a place I don't have marked, let me know!  


From: http://www.jacobbogle.com/fortress-earth.html

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