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English Harbour, Antigua From Great George Fort, Monks Hill

English Harbour, Antigua From Great George Fort, Monks Hill

Artist: Johnson, J.

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1827

Shelfmark: 1299.m.1

Item number: Plate 5

Length: 40.9

Width: 52.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

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This is a view of English Harbour in Antigua. The harbour was one of the safest in the Caribbean because it was almost completely surrounded by hills. This picture was drawn from the Great George Fort, also known as Monks Hill, which was built to defend the town of Falmouth. It took 16 years to build (1689-1705), was set in 10 acres of land and was intended to be a place of refuge for women and children in the event of an invasion. The view extends across the harbour to the sugar plantations and hills of Shirley Heights.

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