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Fort National Park from Brimstone Hill

World Heritage St. Kitts and Nevis:
Brimstone Hill National Park Fort A fortress in the middle of the Caribbean - it's hard to believe, but today's St. Kitts was an important bastion of the colonial policy of the English Empire and the French crown. African slaves were brought in for the intensive cultivation of sugar cane on the Caribbean islands. The fortress of Brimstone Hill - built and expanded between 1690 and 1794, first under British, then under French rule over the islands - embodies an early example of a modern bastionary fortress structure, which, thanks to the fortress builder Vauban, is also in France, as well as in Luxembourg Saarlouis can be found.

Local limestone was used to build the fortress. Of course, African slaves were not dispensed with when building this structure. If the British colonial rulers, who got the island of St. Kitts completely into their hands in 1713, thought their fortress was impregnable, in 1782 they were taught otherwise: The power of the French cannons and the onslaught of 8,000 soldiers was so overwhelming that the British colonial rulers and whose troops first had to hand over the fortress and then the island that belongs to the Lesser Antilles. A year after this disgrace, the English crown regained control of the island world. It then took around six decades before the fortress was finally abandoned. Meanwhile, Brimstone Hill Fortress with the Orillon Bastion as well as the Prince of Wales Bastion, the Magazine Bastion, the officers' quarters, the citadel and the Fort George Museum is part of a national park.

Ferdinand Dupuis panther


World Heritage St. Kitts and Nevis in detail:

Fort from Brimstone Hill National Park (K / 1999)