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A View of Brimstone Hill in the Island of St Kitts from Sandy Road

A View of Brimstone Hill in the Island of St Kitts from Sandy Road

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Ktop CXXIII

Item number: 80.d

Length: 361

Width: 518

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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