Fort Fincastle and the Queen’s Staircase
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Fort Fincastle and the Queen’s Staircase

Sitting atop Bennett’s Hill, the highest point on the island, this limestone fortress was built in 1793 by British colonialists to protect Nassau’s harbor from invasion. (Its cannons were never fired, but the site still offers spectacular views over the city and of ships offshore.) An especially important part of the fort complex is the Queen’s Staircase, a set of 66 limestone steps that were laboriously hewn out of the solid rock by slaves; they connect Fort Fincastle to downtown Nassau.

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