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)Fun Fact: The Queen’s Staircase didn’t get its name until decades later.It was named in honor of the 65-year reign of Queen Victoria, who had signed a declaration to abolish slavery on her ascension to the throne in 1837.Even though the gunpowder was not on site, the Bahamian militia retreated and the US Marines claimed Fort Montagu.It was the United States Marine Corps’ first successful mission.Accessible by water taxi or bridge, it's where you'll find the Atlantis Resort and Cabbage Beach, one of the nicer beaches in the area.Athol Island and Rose Island, home to some great snorkeling reefs, are located just to the east of Paradise Island.Another of Lord Dunmore’s projects, the fort was constructed in the shape of a paddle-wheel steamer. However, the fort didn’t serve its intended purpose as protecting New Providence Island – its cannons were never fired!Fort Montagu Fort Montagu is the oldest fort in Nassau.
To the right as you exit the Welcome Center you'll find taxis, carriage rides and scooter rentals, as well as the water taxi to Paradise Island, tour boats and ferries.
The 102-foot Queen’s Staircase was built by approximately 600 slaves, who worked for 16 years, using hand tools and pickaxes, to complete the task.
Today, it’s one of Nassau’s most visited attractions and is free to climb (or descend!
Fun Fact: Fort Charlotte was the first “pet project” of Lord Dunmore, intended to protect the western entrance to Nassau Harbour.
While the fort was extensive and elaborate, it was also considered by experts to be poorly designed and was hugely overbudget, and came to be known as “Dunmore’s Folly”.