Chance, Saint John, Dominica
The officers lived in separate quarters. Some had their families with them, in the married quarters on the slope or down in Roseau as the garrison, close to the swamp, was considered unhealthy. The Commandant live in an elegant house up against the hill of the East Cabrit. It was designed by the colonial American architect Peter Harrison (1713-1773). The site was chosen as a cool, sheltered place, away from the swamp.
But in fact the air there was heavy and fetid, and his quarters were moved to a breezy bungalow on the West Cabrit, a much healthier site.
Officers also had their own kitchen, and their meals were elegantly served on delicate china and crystal. There was a social life with dancing and games and refreshment under the blue Caribbean sky.
True. Rainfall in Dominica varies from 30 inches on the coast to 300 inches in the central mountainous areas.
The Cabrits were once a separate island. How was it joined to the mainland?
· By the French, building a causeway during their occupation of Dominica, 1778-1783
· Naturally, by the tidal action of the sea Look for the graceful mango trees and site in their restful shade.
Location. 15° 34.991′ N, 61° 28.418′ W. Marker is in Chance, Saint John. Marker can be Click for map. The marker is directly in front of the Officers' Quarters at Fort Shirley.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Upper Battery, Signal Station (a few steps from this marker); Cabrits Calendar of Events (within shouting distance of this marker); Guard House, Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Catchment, Troops' Kitchen, Stables (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Shirley (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trees Return (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Prince Rupert's Garrison (about 150 meters away); Cabrits National Park (about 180 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Chance.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Forts, Castles •
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