Fort Amsterdam

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Perched on its namesake headland that divides the Great Bay and Little Bay, Fort Amsterdam was built in by the Dutch in the year 1631, making it their first Caribbean military outpost. It was captured by the Spaniards in 1633 who fortified it well enough to defend the area. It was a Spanish military base till 1648 when it was ravaged, leading the exit of the Spaniards from the island. Even today when it lay in ruins, it proudly struts its cannons and bastions. Apart from the informative signs, this historic landmark is known to be a breeding habitat for pelicans and other seabirds. It is also known for spectacular views of Saint Martin's coastline.

Location:  Little Bay Road