Ready for a little history lesson?
Our first stop on the tour was Fort Frederick. This fort, is situated on top of a mountain overlooking all of St. George's. Fort Frederick is kind of unique in that it is a "backward facing" fort. In 1779, the British were attacked by the French. The British were expecting and prepared for a sea attack and had Fort George ready to defend the city. Unfortunately, the French had a better plan. They attacked from the interior, which was also higher ground. Because they had the higher ground, the British gave up quickly realizing they would be defeated. The French decided to learn from the Brits mistake, and began construction of Fort Frederick facing the interior of the island instead of the sea and the city. That way, they would be prepared if anyone else ever tried to attack from the interior.
|Alice in Wonderland, our tour guide at the Fort.|
Under the Treaty of Versailles, in 1783, Grenada was ceded back to Britain. The Brits had learned their lesson the first time and decided to finish what the French had started. So Fort Frederick was completed by the British. However, I don't think that Fort Frederick was ever actually needed to defend Grenada and St. George's after that.
Whether Fort Frederick was actually used to defend the city or not, it definitely provides some stunning panoramic views of St. George's and the Southwestern coastline.
|The City of St. George's|
|Southwest Coastline including Grand Anse Bay|
|Looking into the interior|
|The whole group at Fort Frederick|