Reisefoto – Brimstone Hill Fort, Saint Kitts

Brimstone Hills Fortress, Saint Kitts
Brimstone Hill fort

Den karibiske øya St Kitts ble kastet frem og tilbake i en tilsynelatende endeløs kamp mellom England og Frankrike i mesteparten av det 17. og 18. århundre.

Brimstone Hill er et eksepsjonelt godt bevart historisk fort. Det er et monument til britisk ingeniørkunst – og til slavearbeid.

Det er kanskje ulogisk, men slavehandelen i Amerika står for meg som mer grusom enn den i det gamle Egypt. Hvorfor? Kanskje fordi det er vår nære – eller i hvert fall nærmere – fortid, en tid hvor folk burde visst bedre…? Uansett grunn, er jeg litt ambivalent til akkurat dette minnesmerket på UNESCOs verdensarvliste.


Brimstone Hill Fort National Park, Saint Kitts, Føderasjonen St Christopher (Saint Kitts) og Nevis

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Brimstone Hill er en del av UNESCOs verdensarv.
Her er flere steder på UNESCOs verdensarvliste rundt om i verden..

34 Responses to “Reisefoto – Brimstone Hill Fort, Saint Kitts”

  1. InsideJourneys 2 februar 2012 0732 #

    Brimstone Hill, eh? What a name!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 2 februar 2012 1031 #

      Isn’t it, though? I haven’t been able to find out the reason for the name. Meant to put the fear of God into the enemies, perhaps…

  2. ItalianNotes 2 februar 2012 0759 #

    Gruesome construction, though I’m not quite updated on how and for what what it was used.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 2 februar 2012 0952 #

      Thanks, good point. I’ll add a bit more info in the post.

  3. jade 2 februar 2012 0954 #

    Really interesting… so are visitors allowed to walk around it?
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 2 februar 2012 1035 #

      Yes indeed, for a small fee well worth it. Historically interesting and wonderful views.

  4. Muza-chan 2 februar 2012 1004 #

    Interesting place
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 2 februar 2012 1052 #

      Interesting – and such a stunning setting.

  5. Vera Marie Badertscher 2 februar 2012 1252 #

    I’m fascinated by the different architectural forms of forts and this one is quite interesting. Have you ever seen the one in the Tortugas south of Key West? Another interesting thing is how many forts never really saw battle. Loads of money spent for protection against an enemy that never showed up!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 2 februar 2012 1630 #

      Interesting that, Vera. Seems we never learn…

  6. Jackie Smith 2 februar 2012 1817 #

    A most interesting photo and topic!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 februar 2012 2251 #

      Thanks :)

  7. Leigh 2 februar 2012 2021 #

    At least the fort has an amazing setting. I wonder how many slaves it took to build it.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 februar 2012 2249 #

      It is a beautiful setting, isn’t it.. Generations of slaves, I’m sure. The construction took 100 years or so.

  8. Michael Figueiredo 2 februar 2012 2055 #

    Very cool! I love all the fortresses on Caribbean islands. I can only imagine what it was like in the day when they were actually protecting against pirates!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 februar 2012 2246 #

      I could picture Captain Jack Sparrow running about the place, yeah…

  9. Laurel 2 februar 2012 2239 #

    I’m also torn when UNESCO World Heritage Sites are built with slaves, especially when it’s more recent as you’ve indicated this one is.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 februar 2012 2247 #

      A matter for reflection, at the very least…

  10. Cathy Sweeney 2 februar 2012 2315 #

    You pose a very interesting question, Sophie. Such history at Brimstone Hill. I think it’s certainly worthy of being a UNESCO site as long as the slavery history is out in the open. Is that part of the history not adequately mentioned?
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 februar 2012 1405 #

      Fair point. UNESCO is relatively open about it, saying in the brief description that it’s built by African slaves.

  11. Dick Jordan 3 februar 2012 0033 #

    Not exactly your luxury, Caribbean hotel.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 februar 2012 2252 #

      Might make an interesting place to camp out under the stars, though. Probably ghosts and everything…

  12. Annie - FootTracker 3 februar 2012 0514 #

    Are visitors allowed into their buildings?

    This, does not look like a happy place o_O
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 februar 2012 1214 #

      It’s been quite a few years since we were there, but as far as I can remember, we were allowed to walk quite freely around the place.

  13. Denise 3 februar 2012 1208 #

    It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site? Strange indeed

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 februar 2012 2253 #

      UNESCO does make some, shall we say interesting, choices.

  14. Brimstone is a unique fortress architecturally. I do find the history surrounding fortresses quite interesting.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 februar 2012 2254 #

      So do I. And the older, the better…

  15. Nichole 3 februar 2012 2355 #

    Super interesting. And beautiful

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 februar 2012 2243 #

      Yeah, the Caribbean has a surprisingly interesting (and brutal) history.

  16. Catwoman 5 februar 2012 0004 #

    As an architect I’m always amazed from the greatness of these fortresses. Such a gorgeous engineering!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 februar 2012 2240 #

      Quite an impressive engineering feat, yes.

  17. Andrew Graeme Gould 11 februar 2012 2030 #

    All of these islands must be well worth seeing, Sophie. Interesting what you’ve said about slavery in history, and I’d go along with that. A pressing need is to get rid of modern day slavery, and I must mention the great investigative work being undertaken on that right now by CNN International.
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  18. Green Global Travel 13 april 2012 1847 #

    I’ve heard great things about St. Kitts! Great post!
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