Antigua and Barbuda - Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites (2016 Inscribed)

"The site consists of a group of Georgian-style naval buildings and structures, set within a walled enclosure. The natural environment of this side of the island of Antigua, with its deep, narrow bays surrounded by highlands, offered shelter from hurricanes and was ideal for repairing ships. The construction of the Dockyard by the British navy would not have been possible without the labour of generations of enslaved Africans since the end of the 18th century. Its aim was to protect the interests of sugar cane planters at a time when European powers were competing for control of the Eastern Caribbean."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

New 2016 UNESCO World Heritage inscription and the first for Antigua and Barbuda. Nelson's Dockyard located in the English Harbour. This harbour was the Caribbean base of British Navy chosen by 18th century Admiral Nelson because of the "hurricane-proof" inner harbor and the commanding view of Shirley Heights. Postmarked Barbados General Post Office on March 9, 2011 and arreived in Penang on March 28, 2011. Thanks so much to Gilles of Belgium who went on a holiday in Antigua and Barbuda.

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