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Location DB > Bahamas > New Providence Island > Nassau > Fort Fincastle
Fort Fincastle
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created by CopySix on 10/25/2005 1:14 AM
last modified by Jupiter on 2/28/2006 2:52 AM
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Small fortification once containing three artillery batteries.
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Type: Building
Status: Active
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Bennet's Hill
Nassau, New Providence Island
Owner: Government of Bahamas
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    Fort Fincastle, built Lord Dunmore, who had a penchant for constructing unnecessary forts at great expense. Designed in the shape of a paddle-wheel steamer, the fort was a place to look out for marauders who never came. It was eventually converted into a lighthouse, as it occupied the highest point on the island.
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  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1793
    Closed: 0
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    The British colonized the Bahama islands in the 17th century. At that time, they were in competition with the French and Spanish for control over many of the Caribbean islands. They also had to beware of pirates who plied the local waters. As a result, they built three forts in and around Nassau to protect the town from their enemies. Today the forts remain, and it is interesting to visit them and imagine what it was like to have lived in them hundreds of years ago. Fort Fincastle (named for Royal Governor Lord Dunmore aka - Viscount Fincastle) was built on Bennet's Hill in 1793 to guard "all the town and road eastward where the enemy might possibly effect a landing." The fort never saw battle, and was later used as a lighthouse, and then a signal tower. Fort Fincastle can be reached by climbing the Queen's Staircase. In 1793, slaves cut these 66 steps out of sandstone cliffs.
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    October 2005 Trip
    Tue, Oct 25th, 2005
    posted by CopySix
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  • on Feb 28 06 at 2:52, Jupiter changed the following: Province / State (please use full name)
  • on Oct 25 05 at 1:48, CopySix made this location available
  • on Oct 25 05 at 1:47, CopySix swapped pictures 1 and 6
  • on Oct 25 05 at 1:47, CopySix updated gallery picture Fincastle aerial.
  • on Oct 25 05 at 1:45, CopySix updated gallery picture Near Stairs
  • on Oct 25 05 at 1:44, CopySix updated gallery picture Fincastle bow
  • on Oct 25 05 at 1:43, CopySix updated gallery picture Fincastle Interior
  • on Oct 25 05 at 1:42, CopySix updated gallery picture Fincastle Interior
  • on Oct 25 05 at 1:41, CopySix updated gallery picture Stairs to deck
  • on Oct 25 05 at 1:40, CopySix updated gallery picture Fincastle Interior
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