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Welcome to Fort Charlotte

 
 
Welcome to Fort Charlotte Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 21, 2015
1. Welcome to Fort Charlotte Marker
Inscription. Background/History
Fort Charlotte, once a formidable complex of batteries, barracks, moat, powder, magazines, drawbridge and outworks, was built with Herculean effort 636 feet above the sea upon Berkshire Hill during the closing years of the eighteenth and early years of the nineteenth centuries. The Fort was completed in 1806, and was the chief defence of the island.

The Fort was started soon after St. Vincent and the Grenadines was ceded to the British in 1763. Fort Charlotte was named after Queen Charlottle [sic] the wife of King George III of England.

The Fort was the headquarters of the resident garrison, and became the largest Fort on the island. It's armament included thirty-four cannons, four, six and twelve pounders and the rampart, eleven, thirty-two pounders and two mortars.

An interesting feature of the Fort is the position of cannons placed pointing inland; they were positioned for defence against inland attack from the Caribs and French.

Fort Charlotte remains an historic landmark of national significance and tourism importance.
 
Location. 13° 9.467′ N, 61° 14.506′ W. Marker is in Kingstown, Saint George. Marker is on Edinborough Rd. Click for map.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 18 kilometers of
Wide view of Welcome to Fort Charlotte Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 21, 2015
2. Wide view of Welcome to Fort Charlotte Marker
this marker, measured as the crow flies. King Jugbo-Jugbo Fem (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Fort Charlotte (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Saint Vincent World War I Monument (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); Kingstown Old Public Library (approx. 2.1 kilometers away); Byera Tunnel (approx. 17.3 kilometers away in Charlotte).
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Cannon facing inland at Fort Charlotte. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 21, 2015
3. Cannon facing inland at Fort Charlotte.
View from the ramparts south out to sea. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 21, 2015
4. View from the ramparts south out to sea.
View of the western wall of the fort. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 21, 2015
5. View of the western wall of the fort.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 3, 2016.
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