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Stories From Fort George Grenada

We have to admit that when we first heard about Fort George, Maurice Bishop, and Operation Urgent Fury/US Invasion of Grenada, we were immediately intrigued. We had heard bits and pieces about all three topics, but did not have detailed knowledge of how all three were related.

As luck would have it, we would get not just get the story of how the Prime Minister of Grenada at the time, Maurice Bishop, was executed at Fort George (known as Fort Rupert at the time) in 1983, and how, through related matters, the United States invaded Grenada, but we would also get to visit Fort George.

fort-georgeSitting perfectly above the Capital town of St. George’s, Fort George is not just where people go to take panoramic photos of it’s surroundings. Fort George is also steeped in history and political stories to last a lifetime.

History goes, that following years and months of investigations and accusations, Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, including a pregnant woman named Jacqueline Creft, and several others were lined up against a wall at the then Fort Rupert and executed by firing squad, on what is believed were the orders of the Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard, who had taken over the government just a few days earlier.

fort-george-1.jpgEvents were then set in motion. Following the executions, accusing Grenada of supporting Cuba, and to secure the safety of American citizens who were attending the local St. George’s University Medical School, the United States invaded this small Caribbean island and occupied Grenada for about three weeks before claiming victory, deposing the military government and reestablishing a constitutional one.

All this history in one spot. We really have just touched the tip of the iceberg on the events surrounding Fort George, Maurice Bishop, and Operation Urgent Fury. Following this tour, we could not get our hands on more information fast enough. We enjoyed walking through Fort George. We loved the views. But we loved the story even more.

Fort George was built in 1705 by the French. Today it is used by the Royal Grenada Police Force and is open to the public to tour. It is a prominent feature in the St. George’s skyline and is certainly worth uncovering; story, views and all.

Frequently Asked Questions

When was Fort George built in Grenada?

Fort George was once known as Fort Royal while Grenada was still a French colony in the 1600s. Fort Royal was designed by Francois Blondel in 1666 and erected the following year as a battery with commanding views over Carenage, then the major port of entry, and La Ville du Fort Royal (now St. George’s), the island’s economic, political, and social hub. Fort George was constructed between 1706 and 1710 on top of an earlier battery built by the French in the 17th century.  riginally known as Fort Royal, it was renamed Fort George in 1763 in honour of King George III after the British acquired control of the island. As a result, the 300th anniversary would fall between 2006 and 2010.

Are there any parts of the Grenada Island  should be featured/visited more?

Yes, the Northern part of the island, specifically the parish of St. Patrick’s. This area is rich in History with structures dating back to the 18th century and the people there also hold onto the traditional Grenadian way of life.

If someone had only 24 hours in Grenada, where should they go, what should they see?

The island is only 133 Square miles so that’s more than enough time to explore in 24 hours, so it can range from trips to the many beautiful beaches in the south to the waterfalls and lakes at the inner parts of the island, where you can be greeted by Mona Monkeys!! Hikes to Fedon’s Camp or Mt Qua Qua, River tubing at Balthazar….and I can go on and on. Did I mention the underwater sculpture park at Halifax Bay? Places to eat can Range from as Local/Traditional as Patrick’s Eating Delight, to as International as The Beach House at Point Saline….But it’s Worth trying as much dishes as you can , e ven wild Meat (Possom/Manicou, Armadillo/Tatoo and Ramier a sort of Wood Pigeon) that’s available during the hunting season October to December.

If you could sum up the soul of Grenada in one photo, which one would it be? And why?

I think that Picture would have to be of the St George’s Market Square on a Saturday morning, its where Grenadians from all walks of life congregate to shop for fresh produce (Meats, fish, ground provisions and spices). It’s more of a social gathering where the women mostly meet to chat about topics ranging from food to politics to even the latest gossip!

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