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Fort Fincastle

Fort is about 1.5 miles south of Prince George Wharf.
Guided tours are offered 8:00am-4:00pm.
242-356-9085 30 minutes or less
February 2014 All year
$0-9 Nassau Bahamas
Website Historical Forts
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Fort Fincastle is a historic site in Nassau that is located on Bennet’s Hill, the highest point on the Island of New Providence. The fort was constructed in 1793 and is shaped like a paddle-steamer. This small fort only has a few rooms to explore and has limited interpretive signage. Guided tours are generally offered from 8:00am to 3:00pm. In addition to the fort, there are a number of vendors in nearby shops selling tourist oriented merchandise.

The fort was constructed at the direction of British Lord Dunmore who served as the Governor of the Bahamas from 1787 to 1796. He had previously served as a governor in Colonial America but left at the time of the American Revolution. During his time in the Bahamas, Dunmore built multiple forts on New Providence to protect the island from threats from other countries as well as from pirates. While Fincastle was armed with 7 cannon, it was never tested in battle and generally was lightly manned. After about 20 years it became a watch tower.

Fort Fincastle was a 20 minute walk from the main cruise ship terminal. Many of the streets along the way were congested with traffic. As the fort is located on a hill and is next to a water tower, it’s not hard to find. A local guide provided a quick overview to a group of tourists, but his comments were hard to follow and mostly pertained to city highlights rather than the historic fort. After that it only took a few minutes to look around. There were about half a dozen historical interpretive signs here, but none were especially interesting. The cannons are replicas because the originals were taken back to England. A very brief video display inside a fort room provided information about the fort and soldiers stationed there. This historic site had little of interest or that was noteworthy, except for perhaps good views of Nassau. While it only took a few minutes to see the fort, the time could be better spent at one of the other larger forts on the island or other attractions in Nassau. This fort was too small, too historically insignificant and too lacking in information to recommend a visit even for those into military history.
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