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“good view, great untouched historical site” 5 of 5 stars
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Fort James
St. John's, Antigua
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Ranked #10 of 25 Attractions in St. John's
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: British fort built in the 17th century to protect the entrance of St. John's harbor.
Spring Lake, Michigan
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“good view, great untouched historical site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

If you want to see what a naval fort really looked like 200 years ago and have a bit of an imagination this is a great place. It's virtually untouched since it was abandoned, and has been subject to the whims of nature for 150 years, but the important stuff remains. A car or cab can get you near, or you can climb up from the beach below - though it's a bit tricky. Bring bug spray, water, camera. There's a lot here. The ruins of the barracks, powder house, and out buildings are still standing (sort of), and many of the old 24 pound cannons are still in place. You can get an idea of what these old forts built on important islands all over the world were really like more so than on Shirley Heights or the tourist trap Nelson Dockyards. No one runs this place; it's just there. No facilities of any sort, no fees, no information provided. The fort was built to protect St. John's harbor; any ship going in had to go right past it. Those cannons had a range of a mile plus, took a crew of 8 to operate, and used 8 pounds of black powder for every shot (one every 2 minutes for a good crew), hence the powder house to keep the powder bags out of the elements and away from danger. People always want to know how many ships these old naval forts around the world sank. Answer: hardly any since no captain was stupid enough to try to sail past. Forts like this were a deterrent. Up on a hill like this, a ship below could not fire back. There is a great beach down below, and a good fairly priced restaurant nearby. A real gem for history buffs.

Visited April 2013
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“Fort James”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

A crumbling wall and roofless house with a few cannons. Nice view, though, of the ocean where they used to shoot at ships that didn't pay their toll.

Visited February 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Needs work”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Fort James goes back a few hundred years and, unfortunately, like many places in Antigua, it hasn't received the attention it deserves. Great views of the Caribbean.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Beach with character”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Close to St Johns, easily accessible, facilities and a beach bar, next to the sandy beach with warm Caribbean sea.

Visited January 2013
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“Very nice on horseback”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

I have been to the fort a few times but my favorite was when I went on horseback. It is such a pretty setting and not too far away form the beach so it was a very pleasant ride. We actually did it on a whim. We were splashing around at the beach and saw a few people on horseback and ran up to the man running the show and within 10 min we were riding along! If you can manage it this is a great way to check the fort out

Visited December 2012
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