Gaggles of tourists frequent the shops, eateries, and bars of the Rif Fort mall complex, but there's far more to this venerable corner of Willemstad, a landmark of the capital city's UNESCO World Heritage Site. Deepen your appreciation of local history by paying a visit to the brand-new Rif Fort Museum.
You'll learn the remarkable backstory of this vintage fortification, built by the Dutch in the 1820s to keep pirates, rival colonial powers, and other invaders from violating Willemstad's strategic harbor. At one point nearly 60 cannons bristled along the fort's ramparts—and now people buy brand-name footwear and cocktails here! Take a moment or two to explore the Rif Fort's former life as guardian of Willemstad, and you'll be able to place its 21st-century incarnation in a richer context.
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