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Back to T&T today, this time to Port of Spain and Fort George, located on a ridge over 1,000 feet above the capital. Built by the British in 1804 as part of a complex of fortifications that protected the island, Fort George was the major defensive position monitoring all approaches to the capital and especially protecting the harbour.

Although it was considered impregnable in its day, Fort George never experienced military action. However, when attacks by other hostile colonial powers were rumoured, the merchants of Port of Spain would store their records, cash and valuables in the safe inside the fort. The fort ceased to be a military establishment in 1846 and was converted to a signal station in 1902. The Victorian Signal House continued to operate until 1964 and now houses a mini-museum.

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