Fort James

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Antigua and Barbuda
Fort James - Fort James, Antigua and Barbuda
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Fort James - Cannon, Fort James, Antigua and Barbuda
Fort James - Cannon with Royal cypher of Geroge III, Fort James, Antigua and Barbuda
Fort James - Fort James, Antigua and Barbuda
Fort James - Inscription at Fort James, Antigua and Barbuda
Fort James - Fort James, Antigua and Barbuda

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Fort James Feb 16, 2008
Antigua is a good place to stroll around in ruins of colonial time structures. As an important english base in the 17th and 18th century, many fortresses were built on the island as well as other military structure. Fort James is only one of these examples, but an easy to start with, if you are coming from St. John’s. The fort is located at the entry of the harbour and is easily accesible by land: It is located on the southern end of Fort Bay Beach.

Finished in 1739, it was built to proctect the city of St. John’s that was becoming the most important on the island (and later the capital). The fort scared away the rench privateers who were attacking the western coast of the island frequently. It was so good, that it never had to engage in any battle. When the number of conflicts among the european colonial powers declined, some of the military structures in Antigua became obsolete and were abandoned. Fort James was in use until around 1850 and was left into decay afterwards.

Currently, Fort James is viewed as one of the more important heritage sites in Antigua. However, restoration has only scarcely taken place. A restaurant (Russell’s) has moved into the main building of the fort, while the rest is ocassionally visited by tourists. Other buildings are threatened by the elements and time. The foundation stone is still visible on the eastern corner of the fortress. 10 cannons are still preserved, most of them quite well. This makes Fort James unique in Antigua as most other obsolete cannons were sold for scrap. Hopefully, the existant plans to restore the fort come to frutition. In they meantime, you are free to walk around in the fort ruins and get a feeling of the 18th century in the Caribbean.
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