Sunset views from Fort George
In 1804, under the direction of the then British Governer, Brigadier-General Sir Thomas Hislop, a series of complex military fortifications were built on the North-western hills overlooking the stunning Gulf of Paria to protect the Port of Spain from any perceived military threats. Defensive activities not being required beyond this, in 1846 the site ceased to be a military establishment.
An intricate, wooden signal station, designed by Prince Kofi Nti, son of King Kofi Calcali of Ashantee West Africa was later built in 1833, sharply contrasting the formidable characteristics of the fort. The site came to be known as Fort George (formerly La Vigie) and continues to offer visitors spectaular, panoramic views of Port of Spain in addition to views of its original cannons, dungeons and artefacts.