Queen's Staircase History

t the end of the 18th century, The Bahamas was a target of European invaders seeking control of the Caribbean. The British, already having colonized the country, built several forts, including Fort Fincastle, Fort Montagu, and Fort Charlotte (all still standing today), in order to protect against an attack. To reach Fort Fincastle, located at the top of Bennet’s Hill (the highest point in Nassau), a passage was needed in case of emergency. This led to the construction of the staircase in the late 1700s.