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Fort Pato
East London district, Eastern Cape

ROYAL ENGINEERS: Architect

Date:1853
Type:Fort
Status:Ruin


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33°00'27.34" S 27°40'52.60" E
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Fort Pato, of irregular shape and construction on an outspanning place, was situated on the Gulu (Goola) ridge about twenty-seven kilometres from Fort Murray and nearly five from the Mlanhe Buffalo River...During the Mlanjeni War [Eighth Frontier War (See Wikipedia)] additions were made to the fort from time to time so that the complex eventually, in a military point of view, extended over too large an area for the garrison which a post of that nature should accommodate.

(Coetzee 1995:527)


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Coetzee, Colin. 1995. Forts of the Eastern Cape : Securing a frontier 1799 - 1878. Grahamstown: Colin G Coetzee. pg 527, 528 ill, 529 ill