The Caribbean has a rich and sometimes violent history. Once Columbus returned to Europe and word spread of the discovery of resource rich islands, it was a mad dash to colonize and lay claims to these new lands. England, Spain, the Dutch, France, they all were quick to plant their flags in the Caribbean. Some islands had more monetary or strategic value than others, battles were fought and fortress were built.

The English and French laid claim to St. Kitts (Saint Christopher) and shared the island from 1627 to 1713. To protect the island from the Spanish, the English built a dominating fortress called Brimstone Hill. Standing nearly 800 feet above the Caribbean sea the fort’s canons could easily persuade any naval or land based army to…stay clear of St. Kitts.

During my trip to St. Kitts as the Marriott Beach Blogger, I was able to spend some time at Brimstone Hill. To me this was one of the highlights of the trip. I’m a huge history buff and Brimstone Hill was definitely that. It’s fascinating to stand their on the gun decks over looking the sea, knowing that 300 years earlier their were men there from the English crown, standing guard in their red coats, muskets and canons at the ready. Then here I was, standing their in my shorts and flip flops, camera and sunscreen at the ready. They worried about siege, I worried about the location of the next beach bar. Funny how things change.

Here is a photo tour of Brimstone Hill Fortress on St. Kitts. I hope you enjoy the vistas as much as I.

Brimstone Hill Fortress, St. Kitts

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Brimstone Hill St. Kitts

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St. Kitts is a wonderful island, one I need to revisit. Would another trip to Brimstone Hill be on the itinerary? I sure hope so.

Have you been to Brimstone Hill Fortress? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought about this mighty fort.

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  1. Blake Simpson October 23, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Went to Brimstone Hill Fortress dozens of times while living on St Kitts. Beautiful and ironically peaceful setting. Great views all around and particularlly of the island of Statia.
    The “follow the signs” approach to the history of the fort is informative and not without a quaint charm.
    Better to think of the fortress as a shining example of a lost deadly art. From the steep entry road with its sharp turns and choke points, to the long steeply slanted stairway up to the Citadel. These stairs are designed so as not to allow a full stride at a walk, trot, or run. They are quite slanted and are slippery when wet. (So if your knees hurt after the climb, you’ve earned it!) There is no way of rushing this joint.When you get to the top of the stairs, you are in a “killing zone” where attacking soldiers could be fired upon from 5 or 6 protected positions. Many other deadly features are incorporated into the fort’s design.
    On the lighter side, there are lots of places to have a picnic on the grounds with those wonderful views!
    Local BEERs and Juices are available, as are good burgers, sandwiches, and snacks. Their Hot Sauce will Flame you on!
    Enjoy! B.

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    RumShopRyan October 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for the great informative comment Blake. I do remember those steps leading up to the Citadel, they did have a odd design to them that I think back would have prevented a full on rush. I bought the book about the fort at the gift shop but haven’t dug into it yet. Something tells me I need to.


  3. PEREIRA TOURS October 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Brimstone Hill is a must see while visiting St. Kitts.

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    RumShopRyan October 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks for commenting Liz! Can’t wait to get back to St. Kitts! Cheers.

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