Fort George

Built in 1804, by Sir Thomas Hislop for portection against the Napoleonic fleet. The fort looks over the city of St James and has a great view of t...

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Built in 1804, by Sir Thomas Hislop for portection against the Napoleonic fleet. The fort looks over the city of St James and has a great view of the Gulf of Paria.

Location
Fort George Road, St. James, Trinidad
Best Time
Any time of year
Hours
9am - 6pm (opening hours)

Overview

Formerly called La Vigie, Fort George is situated on the hills to the North of St. James overlooking the Gulf of Paria. The fort, which was part of a complex of fortifications, is the best destination for one of the most spectacular views of Port of Spain and the sea. In addition to the beautiful vista at this well persevered structure one can see the original cannons, dungeons, artefacts of the day and a signal station which was established in 1802 and designed by Prince Kofi Nti, son of King Kofi Calclai of Ashanti, West Africa. Built in 1804 under the direction of the then British Governor, Brigadier-General Sir Thomas Hislop, the fortifications at Fort George consisted of sea defences and a series of supporting batteries: V. I. Z the York; Princess Charlotte; Abercombry and Cambridge on the lower slopes and Cumberland to the North above the Fort. Considered well-nigh impregnable in the day, it was the major defensive position in the Trinidad, but it was never to experience military action. In times of rumours of war the merchants of Port of Spain would store their records, cash and valuables here. Fort George ceased to be a Military establishment in 1846.

Built in 1804, by Sir Thomas Hislop for portection against the Napoleonic fleet. The fort looks over the city of St James and has a great view of the Gulf of Paria.

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