The Wooden Fort
Throughout not only the southwest but all of North America, the colonists borrowed Indian building techniques. The Algonquian-speaking Indians along the Virginia coast surrounded their villages with a row of posts buried firmly in the ground and sharpened at the top. These barriers offered protection against surprise attack. The Europeans immediately adopted the same technique, and this evolved into the stockade and finally the wooden fort that became an emblem of the white expansion and conquest of North America.