“Captain, 50 guns approaching at 12 o’clock!”
“Man the guns, prepare a warning sounding. Fire!”
Walking around the concourse of the historic Brimstone Hill, I did a quick Princess Bride pirouette as I sliced my imaginary cutlass through the air and shouted the above script to my embarrassed bride, who was now seeking a quick retreat back to our car.
As an avid fan of the early warring history of the Caribbean Islands, in St. Kitts I was now in my element. Situated almost 800 feet above the water below, is the Brimstone Hill Fortress. Over 100 years in the making (1690 – 1790), this restored fortress is a shining reflection of a bygone era. Cannons still point out to sea from nearly every angle of the prominent Fort George Citadel.
St. Kitts (St. Christopher), is the first Caribbean island to be permanently settled by both the English and the French, who shared the island between 1627 and 1713. Both nations then used this example as a springboard for English and French colonialism throughout the world.
As such, St. Kitts played a valuable role in the establishment and history of the Caribbean. Last year they celebrated their 7th annual History and Heritage Week. Activities included a heritage hike, treasure hunts in Nevis and St. Kitts, a concert at Brimstone Hill, a food fair and a culture pageant.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1986), the Brimstone Hill National Park is a wealth of history and of the accounting of this island’s historic past. Touring the entire Park gives you a glimpse into life as these islands developed. Notably featured are the Prince of Wales Bastion, a lower level firing position which enabled them to defend their anchorage, the Infantry Officers Quarters, and the aforementioned Fort George Citadel, which now houses the Fort George Museum.
An Orientation Centre and Gift Shop help to complete the experience and inform the visitor. And certainly not to be overlooked are the stunning vistas which greet you at every turn. This truly is a phot-op of the grandest designs.
St. Kitts has much to offer. Beautiful beaches, friendly people, and spectacular tropical weather. But take our advice when on St. Kitts, grab your favorite wench, and spend a morning at Brimstone Hill. You’ll never see Captain Jack Sparrow the same again!
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