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Historical Places of Nassau, The Bahamas: The Gate at Fort Montagu by 242Digital

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Photographer: Jeremy Lavender Photography – Nassau, The Bahamas


Fort Montagu is a small fort of four cannon on the eastern shore of New Providence Island (Nassau) Bahamas. Peter Henry Bruce oversaw the construction of the fort that began in 1741 to defend the British possession from Spanish invaders.

Fort Montagu is best known because it is the site of the United States Marine Corps’ first military action. In 1776 Continental Congress ordered Commodore Esek Hopkins to take a fleet of eight ships to capture a large supply of gunpowder the British had stored on New Providence Island.

After two weeks of sailing, Captain Samuel Nicholas landed with his 234 Marines two miles east of Fort Montagu. The Bahamian militia retreated to Fort Nassau, so Fort Montagu fell unopposed. It turned out the 200 barrels of gunpowder were stored at Fort Nassau and the Bahamian governor was able to load them on merchant ships before the marines arrived there the next day.

While the marines were not successful in their primary mission of retrieving the gunpowder, they did bring back 46 cannon and thousands of round shot for General Washington’s army.

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  • JeannieM
    JeannieMabout 2 years ago

    Love!!! Great capture.

  • Thank you Jeannie ;-)

    – 242Digital

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 2 years ago

    Black & white is definitely the way to go with this one Jeremy – very dramatic. Interesting write-up too !

  • I found it much better in BW too. Thanks for your kind comment Roy. Always appreciated ;-) – Jeremy

    – 242Digital

  • Shyll
    Shyllabout 2 years ago

    Wow, I really like this! You took something ordinary and made it eXtraordinary!

  • Awe… Thanks a lot for your appreciation and this kind comment Shyll. Always appreciated ;-) – Jeremy

    – 242Digital

  • julie08
    julie08about 2 years ago

    Great work :)

  • Thanks Julie ;-) – Jeremy

    – 242Digital

  • Ann Morgan
    Ann Morganabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much Ann for this feature. Greatly appreciated ;-) – Jeremy

    – 242Digital

  • Keala
    Keala9 months ago

    ! 3/16/14
    This is excellent work!

  • Thanks a lot Keala ;-) – Jeremy

    – 242Digital

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