Built in 1806, this 19th-century fortress, named after the wife of King George III, is located high above the capital city Kingstown. Interestingly unlike most forts in the Caribbean it was not used to protect the island from naval attacks, instead its purpose was to protect against attacks from inland by the Caribs and French.
Construction of Fort Charlotte began in 1763 when the British recovered St. Vincent from the French, and was finally completed and named in 1806. The Fort was a significant fortification that housed around 600 troops and a battery of over 30 cannons. The fortification consisted of more than just the main ramparts and barracks at the crown of the hill, a drawbridge located some 250 yards or so below the gateway of the citadel marks the front end, and there were buildings along the way from there to the gate. A number of other structures that were part of the fort were located around the foot area below the barracks. Traces of most of these structures have now been erased by natural deterioration and hurricanes.
Fort Charlotte sits on a ridge approximately 600 feet above the sea, from this vantage point you’ll take in the stunning view of the leeward coast, Kingstown and the northern Grenadines. In addition, Fort Charlotte is now a Historical site and functions as a museum; you may view a collection of local paintings depicting the history of the Black Carib, and the island’s history, and enjoy a cultural presentation. With its marvelous panoramic views, this place is definitely worth visiting.