The Ruins of Fort Picolet near Cap-Haitian
Such a finely built repellent, for all the effort put in, was very lightly used. Its cannons were never fired, and, aside from damage to the main wall sustained after an explosion during the 1802 French expedition, the fort remained largely undamaged. That is, until time, abandonment and disuse formed their own attack.
Today, Fort Picolet stands out, more green than grey due to overgrowing trees and creeping vines and moss. Unlike most other forts of its kind the world over, its usefulness did not give way to a stately dotage passed by with the dignity gained from people's interest and restorative efforts to bolster it. It has, instead, become home to vagrants and squatters. At least those brave enough to call home the new favorite haunt of vodou practitioners.
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