By the 1870s, Fort Wood was no longer an effective defender of New York harbor, but for the statue’s designer, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, it was the ideal location to place the statue, Shaver wrote.
“The points of Fort Wood, now the base of the Statue of Liberty do not align along any cardinal directions; it is in alignment with the oval-shape island which sits diagonally, northwest to the southeast, in the harbor,” he wrote. “So like the statue that was placed inside it in 1886, the fort also faced the entrance to the harbor. Both fort and statue, in their day, providing their own versions of a warm welcome to those sailing into upper bay of New York harbor.”
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