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Castle Island was formerly called Castle William by the English people who were battling the French for controlling North America. In 1797, it was renamed Fort of Independence. Since then, it is the one of the oldest state prison in Massachusetts. The present building was built on 1833 to 1851. Because of its location, Boston was protected from British attacks during the war on 1812. A monument to Donald Mc Kay also seats in this area. Famous figures were imprisoned in this fort. Before, it was far from the shore but it went through land reclamation and now, it reaches the mainland by vehicles and pedestrian causeways. At present, the Massachusetts department on conservation and recreation operates Castle Island as a state park.

During summer, the state park is open to tours. Legend has it that a popular man was killed by an unpopular officer and was put to the dungeon. Edgar Allan Poe, then serving the Castle Army, based his short story ?The Cask of Amontillado? on the legend. Picturesque views with modern public amenities like exhibit space and restrooms and outdoor courtyard are available for visitors and tourists. Visiting Castle Island is taking a trip to the past.
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