Brimstone Hill Fortress – The Gibraltar of the West Indies – St Kitts

13 Jun

Brimstone Hill Fortress – Saint Kitts. One of the best preserved and largest historical fortifications in Caribbean, built by British and African-Caribbean people in the 18th century and nicknamed “The Gibraltar of the West Indies”.

Situated almost 800 feet above sea level, this remarkable fortress is one of the most dramatic spots in the entire Caribbean, both historically and aesthetically. It commands astounding views of the Caribbean, including Nevis, Montserrat, Saba, St. Martin and St. Barts.

Brimstone Hill sprawls over 38 acres, and its massive Fort George citadel is defended by seven-foot-thick walls of black volcanic stone–then better known as brimstone. In 1782 Brimstone Hill had been under nearly continuous construction (by slave labor) for almost ninedecades.

 

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