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For what purpose was the structure overlooking Biscayne Bay, known as Fort Brickell, established?

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Known variously as "that unnecessary war" or "that splendid little war,” hostilities between the United States and Spain erupted between April and August of 1898. Many eastern seaboard cities feared they would soon be subjected to bombardment by a Spanish fleet. Miami was no exception. Actually, the last thing the decidedly weak Spanish fleet would want was to find itself in the harbor of a major American city, not that Miami, as yet, qualified as such[o1] . Nevertheless, there was much apprehension and, to allay these concerns, "Fort Brickell,” a small, two gun fortification, was constructed, overlooking Biscayne Bay, to defend the community. It never saw action. 

Answer: To forestall a Spanish attack during the Spanish-American War


 [o1]The Miamians in their panic also forgot that Biscayne Bay was too shallow for any war ship to enter. Government Cut and a deep water channel were still six years into the future.

 

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