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Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica
 

Fort Montego History

 
 
Fort Montego History Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 21, 2015
1. Fort Montego History Marker
Inscription.
The fort was originally built in 1750; it was then known as Fort Frederick, later as Fort George. Fort Montego designed by European engineers, was built by enslaved Jamaicans to guard the town of Montego Bay.
Built in the shape of a polygon, the traditional shape of forts, it had a battery armed with cannons and a barracks to house 100 men. It also had an armoury for weapons and ammunition as well as a small hospital with 40 beds. It was last manned in 1832.
 
Erected by Jamaica National Heritage Trust.
 
Location. 18° 28.709′ N, 77° 55.563′ W. Marker is in Montego Bay, Saint James. Marker can be reached from Fort Street just from Gloucester Avenue. Click for map.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Montego Cannons (within shouting distance of this marker); Montego Bay History (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Montego Armoury (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Fort Montego History additional marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 21, 2015
2. Fort Montego History additional marker
This older, additional marker just a few steps to the north reads: Fort Montego was one of the many forts built as part of the coastal defense of Jamaica during the early 1700s. Fort Montego (also called Fort Frederick or Fort George) was not always well maintained and in 1779 underwent major reconstruction. It was then that the platform, parapet wall, paving and new powder magazine were built. The Fort did not see much military action, but the cannons and guns were fired more often to celebrate the British Monarchs birthdays, or the visit to Montego Bay of important persons such as the Governor.
Fort Montego History Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 21, 2015
3. Fort Montego History Marker
Fort Montego is undergoing restoration as of December, 2015.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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