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Historical Landmarks and Cool Facts about the.....

First.....Here are some cool facts about the Bahamas:- * Did you know that there is NO Legal Drinking Age in the Bahamas? (This doesn't mean to say that Bahamians drink recklessly......cause we don't) * Conch, among other foods, espescially seafoods, is a STAPLE food in the Bahamas. * The Major Industries in the Bahamas are Tourism (surprise... ...surprise), and Banking.

Fort Charlotte

Fort Charlotte was built in 1789 by Lord Dunmore to protect the Western Entrance of the Harbour. It was named after the wife of King George III. However, this fort has never fired a shot in battle. Some of it's features include a water-less moat, drawbridge, ramparts, dungeons and an array of cannons.

Fort Montague

Fort Montague was built in 1741 by Peter Bruce, a military engineer, for the purpose of protecting the Eastern Entrance of the Nassau Harbour. It is also the oldest of the three forts in the Bahamas. Fort Montague was used for a short time by the Americans, during the American Revolutionary War in 1776.

Fort Fincastle

This fort was built in 1793 by Lord Dunmore. It is shaped like an old steamer. This fort was known for it's large array of different sized cannons. It had 2 12-pounders, 2 24-pounders 2 32-pounders (called Corronades), and 1 Howitzer. It is used as a signal station nowadays.

Here are some more interesting facts about the Bahamas:- * Did you know that Paradise Island was originally called Hog Island? * Did you know that a few islands in the Bahamas have actually been bought by certain people and companies? For example both Michael Jordan and Walt Disney World both have their own islands in the Bahamas. * Many celebrities come to the Bahamas every year, espescially sports figures, and movie stars. For example, the entire Miami Heat basketball team came once to the Bahamas to play an exhibition game for us.

The Cloisters

The Cloisters were originally an Augustinian Monastery, built in Montrejau, France, in the 14th Century. It was imported stone by stone to the United States by William Randolph Hearst, in the 1920's. Forty years later they were bought by Huntington Hartford, and put on Paradise Island, overlooking Nassau Harbour.

Queen's Staircase

The Queen's Staircase, in the Bahamas, was built by slaves in the late 18th Century, between 1793 and 1794. The slaves used axes and other sharp hand tools to carve the 65 steps that make up this 102ft staircase. It was named in honor of the 65 yrs of Queen Victoria's Reign. The Staircase is made of solid limestone.

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