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St. George's, Saint George, Grenada
 

Backwards Facing Forts

 
 
Backwards Facing Forts Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 1, 2019
1. Backwards Facing Forts Marker
Inscription.  

Backwards Facing Forts
The gun ports on this unique fort face inland, rather than to seaward from where an attack on the island would have been expected. This is because of the lesson learned by the British in 1779 when the French took the island by attacking from inland. The French landed their forces much higher up the Western coast – out of the range of the guns at Fort George. They then marched inland, coming in on the fortifications at Hospital Hill from the rear. This surprise tactic won them the fort on the hill and its weaponry, which put the town of St. George’s at their mercy. Fort George capitulated. As you can see, this fort commands a wide view of the area allowing surveillance of any force approaching from the east or west. The high mountain range to the north would be very difficult to cross. Any attacking army would be forced to approach from the east thereby coming under the guns of the backward-facing fort.
 
Location. 12° 2.866′ N, 61° 44.229′ W. Marker is in St. George's, Saint George. Marker can be reached from Richmond
Backwards Facing Forts Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 1, 2019
2. Backwards Facing Forts Marker
This view looks towards the southeast over the area from which the French invaded in 1779.
Hill just north of Creighton, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In the Bowels of the Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Frederick (within shouting distance of this marker); Port Louis (1650) (approx. one kilometer away); Marryshow House (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Grenada Seamen and Waterfront Workers’ Union (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Destruction of the Bianca C (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); St. George's Methodist Church (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Grenada National Museum (approx. 1.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. George's.
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesMan-Made Features
 
A panoramic view of St. George's, to the west from near the marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 1, 2019
3. A panoramic view of St. George's, to the west from near the marker
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 12, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 12, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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