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Nassau- Bahamas Historical Society Museum
The Bahamas Historical Society Museum in Nassau has displays depicting Bahamas history from pre-Columbus to the present. Lucayan-Taino-Arawak artifacts.
Nassau- Fort Charlotte
Take a tour of Fort Charlotte, Nassau Bahamas. Fort Charlotte is the largest and most interesting of the three forts found in Nassau. Built in 1789 by Lord Dunmore and named in honor of the wife of King George III.This fort has never fired a shot in Battle. It includes a water-less moat, draw-bridge, ramparts and dungeons. Fort Charlotte commands a fine view of Nassau Harbor.
Nassau -Fort Charlotte
Fort Montagu Nassau Bahamas was finished the latter end July, 1742, and mounted eight 18, three 9, and six 6 pounders. Within the fort is a terraced cistern, containing thirty tons,of ram water and so contrived as to receive all that falls within the fort, with a drain to carry off the superflous water; there are barracks for officers and soldiers, a guard room, and powder magazine, bomb proof, to contain ninety-five barrels of powder; two of its sides are close upon the sea, and the two land sides are well secured by mastich pallisades.
Nassau- Junkanoo Festival
Should your calendar permit, experience the Junkanoo cultural festival on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year's Day. The origin of the word is obscure. Some say it comes from the French "L'inconnu", meaning the "unknown", in reference to the masks worn by the paraders. Others claim it is a dialectical adaptation for "John Canoe", the name of an African tribal chief who demanded the right to celebrate with his people even after being brought to the West Indies in slavery.
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Fort Fincastle, Nassau Bahamas, overlooking the town from Bennet's Hill was built by Lord Dunmore, about 1793 who named it after his second title, Viscount Fincastle.
Nassau-Pirates of Nassau
Pirate's of Nassau is a world-class pirate attraction in the heart of downtown Nassau. Experience the true story of pirates in an amazing, historically accurate,interactive environment, which will entertain, excite and educate visitors of all ages. Pirate themed pub and Courtyard bar and PLUNDER! The Pirate Gift Shop.
Built sometime before 1796 and named for the slave, Pompey, who lived at Steventon on Exuma Island; functioned as a marketplace until the late 1800's; "Vendue" is French for sold.
Nassau's most visited attraction is the Queen's Staircase. Climb the 65 steps, recently renovated, carved out of solid limestones by slaves in the late 18th century, between 1793 and 1794. It is reported that slaves were forced to cut through rocks with axes and other sharp hand tools.
What is regarded as the birth of straw vending in the Bahamas as an industry began following the death of the sponge industry in the 1940's. Searching for another means of income, Bahamian women started plaiting and decorating dried palm and sisal plant leaves to create items such as baskets, bags and dolls. Soon large numbers of women were making straw souvenirs that were sought after by visitors.
Stroll about the remains of a 14th century French Monastery that was imported, stone by stone, to the United States by the newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst in the 1920s; 40 years later the Cloisters were bought by Huntington Hartford and installed at the top of a hill on Paradise Island overlooking Nassau Harbour. The Cloisters are a popular site for weddings.
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