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Join the Defense of Spanish Water Bay

This fort was built on a rocky outcrop in 1703 in order to defend the Spanish Water Bay in Curacao. The location afforded one of the best and easiest sites to go ashore and sat in defense of Willemstad during the 18th century keeping French and British troops at bay.

Fort Beekenburg was equipped with its own irrigation system and built from stones that were shipped all the way from The Netherlands and used as ballast during the trip. The fort was closed and inaccessible from 1927 until 2005, but has been open ever since then for visitors to explore. You can climb all the way to the top of the tower and admire the view or visit an abandoned 19th century building nearby, once a quarantine hospital on the island.

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