Defenses of Bermuda 1612–1995 (Fortress)

November 19, 2020
Defenses of Bermuda 1612–1995 (Fortress)

Due to its location in the western North Atlantic some 600 milesoff the Carolinas and halfway between Halifax in Canada and Jamaicain the West Indies, the island of Bermuda was a key naval haven forthe Royal Navy over the centuries. It was vital for the Navy firstin the development of its American colonies, then during itsrivalry with the United States, and finally as allies with theUnited States. The need to defend its 64 miles of coastline andports has resulted in the construction of about 50 forts from 1617to 1945 even though its total land mass is only 20.6 square miles.This led to an incredible concentration of fortifications with 2.5forts for every square mile. Today, the legacy of these defenceefforts remain either as disused structures or parks scatteredthroughout Bermuda, many of them now popular tourist attractions.Using stunning commissioned artwork and meticulous research, thisis the fascinating story of Britain's "Gibraltar of the West†?.