Fort Fincastle gives a great view of Nassau. This one was built in 1793 in the shape of a paddle steamer boat. It costs $1.08 to enter the fort. You may or may not see a local who will tell you about the fort. Expect to tip him for his knowledge. After the tour, vendors offer wares below. Don’t miss the vendor with the ice-cold coconuts for a pick-me-up you will need to climb the Queen’s Staircase, my next stop. The staircase is also known as 66 steps. It’s a part of the Fort Fincastle Complex and you can either climb down or up the 65 stairs (a 66th is buried under the asphalt). Built out of limestone rock by slaves between 1793 and 1794, it was later named for Queen Victoria, the British monarch whose reign lasted 64 years, from 1837 to 1901. It’s free to climb, which I did one and a half times. A nice touch: the area near the bottom of the stairs has a restroom.
Named for Queen Victoria, whose reign lasted throughout the period, the Victorian period lasted from 1837 to 1901. This was a particularly unique time, since it was during this time that England became the first industrialized nation. With industrialization came cheap mass production that conflicted with traditional craftsmanship, and eventually in 1861 a reaction to mass production culture precipitated in the form of the Arts and Crafts movement, started by William Morris. The Art Nouveau style developed as a result, which was heavily influenced by the Glasgow School centered in Scotland, and 20th century art and design would draw heavily upon the precedent it set. Other movements that played a significant role during the Victorian period included Eclectic Revivalism, which was a tendency to adapt older styles to contemporary tastes and requirements. Gothic Revivalism is one such example, a style that featured the use of older, simpler styles like those of the Georgian period, to which craftsmen and designers added the rich ornamentation characteristic of medieval period designs, such as in the Gothic and Tudor styles.