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Fort Charlotte is the largest fortress built by the British in the Bahamas. It was constructed between 1787 and 1790 to guard the west entrance to Nassau Harbour. It was built by colonial governor Lord Dunmore, who named the fort after the wife of King George III. At the time, it was known as "Dunmore's folly" because it cost eight times more than originally planned.

Fort Charlotte never fired a shot in battle. Its cannons were removed in 1891, but were replaced in 1914 after the outbreak of the First World War to protect Nassau from a possible German attack.

The fort features a waterless moat, drawbridge, dungeon, and ramparts. Free tours are given by guides dressed in period costumes every 30 minutes. Although the tours are free, a tip for the guides is expected.

Directions: Fort Charlotte is located at the intersection of Nassau Street and Chippingham Road, just west of downtown Nassau.

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  • Updated Oct 10, 2010
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