James Fort - Bridgetown, Barbados
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member denben
N 13° 05.761 W 059° 37.058
21P E 216160 N 1449223
Quick Description: This sign is located next to the Carlisle House at the Bridgetown Harbour.
Location: Barbados
Date Posted: 3/18/2015 7:14:09 PM
Waymark Code: WMNHJ8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 3

Long Description:
The sign reads:

"James Fort - Very close to this site was James Fort, one of Bridgetown's forts, built around 1670. In 1677 James Fort was equipped with 20 cannons. In 1699 the Government decided to build a meeting place in this area for the Council and the General Assembly, and the building was completed in 1701. In 1704 due to the dire need for prison space the building was transformed into a prison. However, it was not originally designed to be a jail and was rather insecure and it eventually fell into disrepair, which meant that the prisoners escaped regularly. In 1714, on one particular day every prisoner, except one, managed to escape. In 1751 George Washington and his half brother Lawrence rented Bush Hill house from the Commander of James Fort, Commander Croftan, for seven weeks on Washington's only trip outside of the United States."
Group that erected the marker: Town of Bridgetown

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Bridgetown Harbour
Bridgetown, Barbados

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: Not listed

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