Vibrant History and Modern Excitement Curacao Fortes

During the colonial period, Curaçao was one of the outposts of the best kept United Dutch Caribbean. Although forts were built all along the coast, the Dutch were particularly concerned Willemstad and its harbor. Fort Amsterdam with serving the protective structure as the main island, the Dutch built several smaller forts to protect the individual sections of the capital. Despite being under constant attack from hackers and competing French and British forces complex ships that strong was able to protect the Dutch colony for nearly 400 years. Fort Amsterdam is the largest Curacao remains strong. Located in a strategic point known as Punda, Fort Amsterdam once served as the defender of the main port of Curacao. Built in 1635, the imposing structure was able to protect the Dutch colony during the colonial period. Today, Fort Amsterdam is one of the world most famous sites in the Caribbean Heritage Site and serves as an important center of government for modern Curaçao. In addition to housing the governor's house, the Ministry of the island and several government offices, Fort Amsterdam also offers a historical museum and the United Protestant Church, which are both open to the public. Fort Amsterdam museum also offers facility tours that allow visitors to learn about the unique history of the structure, contemplate the stunning views from the walls and witnesses truly unique views as the cannonball embedded in the southwest of the wall of the fort.

Although Fort Amsterdam is without doubt very important to Curacao, Fort Beekenburg is one of the best preserved colonial structures of the island. Beekenburg Fort was built in 1703 in the picturesque Caracas Bay. Visitors to Caracas Bay will find a beautiful beach with a small, perfect hot water for water sports. In addition to the higher forces of Curaçao, there remain a number of colonial forts on Willemstad well maintained. In each case, those strong in the historical capital of Curaçao protected strategic points of the port of the island and the populated coast and now houses restaurants and shops. Two examples are Fort Nassau and Fort Waakzaamheid few small forts built by the early 19th century.

Fort Nassau was built in 1797 to defend the small bay of St. Anna and parts of Willemstad. Today, the fort houses a restaurant, but it is generally recognized by tourists as the opener that control tower and closes the famous floating bridge of Curacao. Waakzaamheid Fort was built in 1803 and fell a year later, during a siege by Captain William Bligh and his British troops. Today, Fort Waakzaamheid also a popular restaurant.

The Riffort - A fort built in 1828 to protect a part of the Otrobanda area - today is the Riffort Village, an impressive collection of shops, restaurants, bars and panoramic terraces. Prior to its use as a major shopping destinations and eat Curacao, Riffort was home to everything from police and public works offices Curacao scout. As Curacao is home to a wealth of historic architecture and interesting tourism opportunities, these forts serve as wonderful representations of unique charm of the island. By staying in Willemstad, it is definitely hard to miss the forts that once protected the colonial city.
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