Queen's Staircase, Nassau, Bahamas
Elizabeth Ave & Shirley St, Nassau, Bahamas| Map |
The Queen's Staircase is a historic landmark in downtown Nassau that was built by slaves to honor Queen Victoria.
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65 Steps for the QueenFlag review
Being the HISTORY buff I am, this was definitely on the itinerary. Must say that the ''stated history'' of slaves building this staircase for the Queen is a bit misleading if not just bluntly wrong. The stair case was in fact probably build by slaves, hand carved to make the road pass from one point to another, the slabs of rocks quarried out were actually used to construct the fort atop the staircase (Ft. Fincastle). This in fact occurred long before the slaves knew of or would even honor Queen Victoria. This is most likely the story told of folks trying to increase tourism to the region and this area in particular. Just to clarify and make right the history. No telling how many folks lost their lives in the construction of the stair case and road and even the Fort, which never saw battle or siege and was never taken, but was an outpost on the island (one of about a 1/2 dozen fortifications. If you are to climb the stairs (65 in all and commemorating the 65 years of Queen Victoria’s reign) then make it a point to visit and take the $1 tour of Ft. Fincastle, a ship-like shaped small fort with great vistas of the island.
Tips for Families
Bring Cameras Take a tour of the Fort Watch out for pan handlers If you are a Geocacher... well there is a cache located near a Banyan Tree.
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