Brimstone Hill

This French print shows Brimstone Hill to be a steep-sided rocky outcrop protruding from a fairly flat plain. The ascent of the hill would have been difficult and it is understandable that the artillery ammunition could not have been brought up to the guns in such a short time. A fort can be seen on the coast, to the left of the picture. A mortar is being dragged in one direction while a canon is dragged in another. There were slaves, originally from Africa, on the island and these would have been exploited to move heavy equipment and ordnance.

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