FOR more than a year after Ward's surrender of Fort Prince George in April, 1754, the axes of the French woodsmen rang across the low plain between the rivers, and when they ceased the primeval forest had vanished forever from what is now the Golden Triangle. In its place a small, compact fort had risen at the Point, while between the fort and the forest remaining on the higher ground stretched from river to river an immense field of waving corn that in wet seasons was partially inundated by ponds about which mosquitos and ducks loved to congregate.
The rude palisade that constituted Fort Prince George had been destroyed by the invaders, who had then spent several days in exploration before deciding to utilize the site for the new structure. The fort, which appropriately enough was named for the Marquis Duquesne, was placed directly at the Point, one corner, the northwestern, being perhaps ten yards from the junction of the rivers. The main structure of the fort was about fifty yards square, with the sides, or curtains, almost facing the points of the compass. There was an arrowhead shaped bastion placed at each corner to enable the garrison to control with its fire the approaches to the curtains; these bastions were formed of two walls of squared logs filled with earth, and were said to have