A Time Line for the
3000BC: The first Amerindian people
settle in the bay.
1493: One ship of Columbus fleet on
his second Voyage enters the bay and sees dwellings.
1504: Christopher Columbus passes the
Cabrits on his fourth Voyage.
1535: The Spanish Council of the
Indies declares this bay as a station for its treasure ships.
1565: Sir John Hawkins, Sir Francis
Drake, Sir Richard Grenville and other privateers and pirates begin to use the
bay to refresh their ships and trade with the Kalinago/Carib
1652: Prince Rupert of the Rhine,
cousin of King Charles the first, uses the bay for repair and shelter. The bay
is named after him.
1763: Dominica is ceded to Britain by
the Treaty of Paris.
1765: First small gun battery erected
on this site.
1774: Major construction of Fort
Shirley and Cabrits Garrison begins with a workforce of four hundred African
1778: French forces capture Roseau.
This garrison surrenders. Building work continues under the French.
1782: Battle of the Saints fought off
the Cabrits on the 12th of April. The British are victorious.
1783: Dominica returned to Britain by
the Treaty of Versailles.
1795: French republican
revolutionaries invade the north coast but are repelled by troops from the
1796: West India Regiments "The Black
Regiments" formed and stationed at Cabrits.
1802: The revolt of the 8th West
India Regiment at the Cabrits.
1805: Cabrits Garrison refuses to
surrender to the French under General La Grange.
1854: Fort Shirley and the Cabrits
are abandoned by the army. The forest takes over.
1982: Restoration at Fort Shirley
1986: The Cabrits Point is declared a
beautifully kept grounds
checking out the history
Checking up on the
Sadly the bar (officers accommodation) was closed - only to go into
the stunningly restored building - honest
(very front left) Nimue (behind her) (a small
Canadian boat to Nimue's left)
Bear watching Michael at
Anne took a
different pose, she commented that the chap to her right had
a meatier "lunchbox"..........
some old photos showing the work that had been done
Up in the woods we of
course found some chaps
The boys pressing the
roots even more stunning
A quick Geisha demo from
Getting stuck into 'Wings n Fries'
THE Hat was
tested to the max on Baby Beez - we all got soaked in the huge winds - but were
laughing too much to care
ALL IN ALL
ALWAYS A LAUGH WITH NIMUE.