Fort Bennet

Black Rock, Tobago
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Fort Bennett is located in Black Rock, Tobago, overlooking Grafton Beach. The Fort was built by the Dutch between 1628 and 1636. Later on, in the 1680’s the Courlanders refortified it in order to protect their then flourishing settlement in the Great Courland Bay area.

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The fort then fell into the hands of the British in the 1800’s, and was again refortified to protect their claim to Tobago. The fort was mainly for military purposes when it protected sugar loading operations in the adjacent bay from American Privateers harassing the British during the American Revolution. Archaeologists suggest that the remnant walls can be found under the undulating surface of the fort, an indication of the constant reconstruction that took place in the wake of the numerous battles fought there. The signature cannons are still positioned safely in a recess near the entrance to the grounds, illustrating how the British battery may have originally looked. The turbulent history of the fort stands in stark contrast to the modern day serenity of this spot. A small gazebo sits on the end of the short winding and sloping path, offers shelter from the elements and a panoramic view of the bay.

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