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A View of Brimstone Hill in the Island of St Christopher's, taken from the beach, in Sandy Point Bay

A View of Brimstone Hill in the Island of St Christopher's, taken from the beach, in Sandy Point Bay

Artist: Forrest, Charles

Medium: Aquatint with etching

Date: 1788

Shelfmark: Ktop CXXIII

Item number: 80.c

Length: 297

Width: 540

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

A picture of the volcanic Brimstone Hill on St Christopher’s (usually known as St. Kitts) by Charles Forrest. Brimstone Hill, so-called because of the strong smell of sulphur emanating from underwater vents nearby, is nearly 800 feet high. The construction of the fortress on its summit began in the 1690s but took nearly 100 years to complete. Strategically, it offered support to Fort Charles on the coast below, and provided defence for the important trading town of Sandy Point and its harbour.

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