Touho military fort was built as from 1864 by troops from the marine infantry; it’s located on the east coast of New Caledonia, and was in use up to 1916. It has now fallen to ruins, but the building remains visitable with the agreement of the current owner of the premises.
During its fifty years of use, the military fort was mainly used as protection for the people of Touho Mission. Those people, which included the missionaries, were sometimes targeted when conflicts broke out between the Mission and the neighboring tribes.
It was after an attack on the Mission on January 16, 1862, it was decided to build a military fortification. Built on a height, the fort was excellently positioned to overlook the entire Touho bay. During the Les Poyes war of 1901, the fort sheltered up to 125 soldiers and officers for six months.
At the time, the location contained not only the actual fortlet but also accommodation for the troops, latrines, a prison, a bakery, a stable, and the commanding officer's house.
After it was abandoned, the fort was bought in the twenties by the Lévêque family, who would build a colonial house between the fortlet and the prison. An anchor – a symbol of the marine infantry – is still visible on one of the location's walls.