If you are interested in some history of Nassau, Bahamas, climb the Queen's Staircase up to Bennet's Hill, where you can explore Fort Fincastle.
Sometime between 1793 and 1794, slaves carved the 102-foot staircase out of solid limestone. Considered a remarkable feat, the slaves had to cut through the rocks with axes and other sharp hand tools. The rough steps descend alongside a solid rock wall in which the marks of hand tools can still be seen. Their is even a waterfall alongside the majestic steps, making the scene quite ethereal. A century after construction, the staircase was renamed Queen's Staircase to honor the 65-year reign of Queen Victoria, as well as her role in helping abolish slavery in the Bahamas.
Once you reach the last of the 65 stairs, Fort Fincastle is a short walk away. Built around 1973 by Lord Dunmore, the fort was built to defend the island from invasions by other countries. Lord Dunmore designed the fort to cover most of the area around Hog Island- now known as Paradise Island- and eastward of the Goverment House. In the end, the fort never fired a single shot.
Today, the fort offers a view like no other and the tour will make you feel like you were there when the first brick was laid.
So the next time you are in Nassau, come and experience true Bahamian history.