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Bermuda’s First Forts, 1612–1622

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This chapter is a discussion of the early Bermuda forts, which were erected in the first decade of the history of the island, after its permanent settlement in 1612 by the Virginia Company and its transference three years later to the Bermuda Company. The Bermuda forts, 1612-1621, are not in the bastioned system, but appear to hark back in part to the style of the coastal defence works of Henry VIII on the southern shores of Britain, while in other ways were organically arranged to the nature of the local landscape. The chapter examines the extraordinary sketches of the stone fortifications at Bermuda, first published and claimed to be the work of Captain John Smith. It outlines some of the characteristics of the early Bermuda fortifications, as revealed by the examination of archival data, the study of standing remains, and the discoveries from excavations of the sites.

Keywords: Captain John Smith; early Bermuda forts; Henry VIII

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