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Fire and Brimstone

By Linda Tancs

The one-time sugar cane island of St. Kitts in the West Indies boasts one of the best-preserved historic fortifications in the Americas, located at Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park.  Its walls, up to 12 feet thick, were built by African slaves from blackened basalt rock.  A testament to British military engineering, it was dubbed the Gibraltar of the West Indies due to its imposing size and design.  The 24-pound cannons and Magazine Bastion defended against the increasing use of explosive artillery shells.  History buffs will love the remains of a complete military community of the 18th century.

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