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Chance, Saint John, Dominica
 

Guard House, Powder Magazine

 
 
Guard House, Powder Magazine Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 15, 2016
1. Guard House, Powder Magazine Marker
Inscription.
The Guard House, manned at all times, was the nerve centre of the entire garrison. All signals and comings and goings were monitored here. Gun slits faced onto the entrance passage in the event of an invasion. The room behind was the prison or lock-up.

The Powder Magazine was initially designed as a casemated gunchamber to defend the entrance of the valley. When it was changed to a powder magazine all the vents and windows were blocked up. Notice the unique method of ventilation.

The two holes in the ceiling were linked to vents facing east in direct line of the trade winds and the smoke filled air would be sucked out through the vents.

Three flavours of bay leaf are found on the Cabrits.
· Citronella · Sitwonnel
· Anis · Nanni
· Common · Komen

How does the Lamowi or Leaf-of-Life reproduce?
· By producing seeds which germinate
· By sending out roots underground
· By growing tiny plants on the edge of its leaves
 
Location. 15° 35.012′ N, 61° 28.404′ W. Marker is in Chance, Saint John. Marker can be reached from Bay Street. Touch for map. The marker is to the right directly after entering the reconstructed Fort Shirley.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cabrits Calendar of Events (here, next to this
Guard House, Powder Magazine Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 15, 2016
2. Guard House, Powder Magazine Marker
The Powder Magazine can be seen in the background. Note the ventilation holes in the wall as mentioned in the marker text.
marker); Fort Shirley (a few steps from this marker); Water Catchment, Troops' Kitchen, Stables (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers' Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trees Return (within shouting distance of this marker); Upper Battery, Signal Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Prince Rupert's Garrison (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Cabrits National Park (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chance.
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, Castles
 
Guard House, Powder Magazine Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 15, 2016
3. Guard House, Powder Magazine Marker
The Guard House, with the reverse of the marker in the foreground. The "Cabrits Calendar of Events" marker is against the wall. Note the "gun slits" mentioned in the marker text that allowed for defense of the fort's entrance.
Guard House at Fort Shirley image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 15, 2016
4. Guard House at Fort Shirley
A view of the entrance to the Guard House and Prison.
Troop Barracks near the Guard House. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 15, 2016
5. Troop Barracks near the Guard House.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 7, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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