Fort William

Parish: St.Thomas

As early as 1675, Port Morant, in the parish of St. Thomas had a platform with five guns to defend its harbour. The gun emplacement sited at what was called Battery Point in 1694 was named Fort William in honour of King William. The fort fell into disrepair and was extensively repaired in 1710. By 1752, the fort had eighteen 24 pounders all mounted on carriages. By 1770, it was felt that the fort was inadequate to defend the town which resulted in the erection of a neighbouring fort.



Ever since the capture of Jamaica by the English from the Spanish in 1655, the need for fortification became immediate because of the...



The Morant Bay Courthouse, which was destroyed by fire on Monday, February 19, 2007, is an important part of St. Thomas's history.



Built in 1885 of masonry and timber, the Simms building exhibits a combination of Gothic and Georgian features; the projecting...