Th Guns of San Domingo - Experienced but a little rusty


Hobart, Australia

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Featured in Preserving History Group on 08/30/13

A battery of assorted cannon outside the former British Consulate at the estuary port of Tamsui (Danshui), to the North of Taipei, Taiwan. If they had a c/v it would read “lots of experience but a little rusty”.

First built in 1629 by the Spanish, Fort San Domingo was intended to aid the imposition of Spanish rule over the local Chinese and indigenous populations in northern Taiwan.

This fort was captured by the Dutch in 1642 when they drove the Spanish from the island. They replaced the Spanish-built stockade with a fort made of stone. The fort became known as the “Hongmao Castle” (Fort of the Red Heads) in reference to the colorful locks of its Dutch occupants.

In 1867, the British leased the fort and undertook massive renovations, which included the construction of the imposing British Consulate in the eastern section of the fortress compound. Its red brick verandah and red roof tiles complement the color scheme and design of the fort.

Hongmao Castle was not repossessed by the government until 1980 when it was designated as a historic site. The fort, the consulate and surrounding grounds are preserved as a museum.

This shot was taken with my Pentax k-r on 8 October 2012.
Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
ISO 200
0 EV
1/40 sec
Hand held

Slight HDR in Simply HDR for Mac

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