Castle Island, Bermuda

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Castle Island

Bermuda

Location

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Location: 32°20’27"N, 64°40’19"W
Area: 4 acres
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1624 image of Castle Roads, the entrance to Castle Harbour, with Castle Island at the left.

Castle Island is small island of Bermuda, lying at the south mouth of Castle Harbour, and within St George's Parish, in the northeast of Bermuda.

The Parish of St. George's, in 1676. Castle Island lies to the South of Castle Harbour (originally Southampton Harbour).

The island is 4 acres in size and lies close to the entrance to Castle Harbour, to the north of the Tucker's Town Peninsula. It was originally called King's Island.

Fortifications

The island is of historical significance. The King's Castle stone fortification on the island - which gives the harbour its name - dates to 1612, and is the oldest standing English fortification in the Americas and oldest stone building still in existence in Bermuda. The castle was the site of the successful defence of Bermuda from Spanish attack in 1614.

Several other fortifications from the same period are located on this, and nearby islands. This string of small islands, across the south of Castle Harbour, are known collectively as the Castle Islands. These forts, together with St George's Town, and other forts in the parish, are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications".[1]

References

Islands of Bermuda

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