Fort Frederick, Port Elizabeth

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Fort Frederick in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, was built in 1799 in order to stop the French from conquering the Cape Colony during the Napoleonic wars and played a vital role in establishing British rule in South Africa in combination with the Battle of Blaauwberg
Overlooking the strategic Algoa bay Fort Frederick was built in 1799 on a natural vantage point. Named after Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, commander-in-chief of the British Army, it was built by troops sent to Algoa Bay to prevent a possible landing of French troops, under Napoleon to assist the Graaff-Reinet rebels during the Napoleonic wars, this event is often regarded to be the beginning of the British rule in the Cape Colony.
The "landing with fresh water", as Algoa Bay was referred to, sits at the mouth of the Baakens River, the bay stretches from the Baaken river to the outskirts of modern-day Port Elizabeth. When the 1820 Settlers arrived in Port Elizabeth, the fort was already ancient and had never fired a shot from its guns and still has not.
The fort contains several key design features namely: the powder magazine, the blockhouse (which has lost its timber upper storey) and its original armaments consisted of two 8-pounder guns and one 5.5 inch Howitzer and the museum collection now also contains a varied selection of muzzle-loaders dating from the later part of the eighteenth century.
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  • Maybe it was too early but there was garbage everywhere. The views are very nice but if you where on Donkin, they are the same.  more »
  • This is a fort where there was never a shot. Visiting the open air fort, its history and a great view of the town down there.,  more »
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  • Historic site with amazing view of the city. It is very interesting to see the bunkers and little rooms built so many years ago. A must see especially for the local Port Elizabethans. Our city is beautiful Gate closes at 430
  • There are lovely views of Port Elizabeth harbour from Fort Frederick. There was litter around the Fort on the day we went. There were no tour guides, staff members or security guards at the Fort.

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