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Nelson's Dockyard

  • UNESCO World Heritage Name: Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites

  • Type: Historic District
  • Travel Genus: Sight , Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

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. - UNESCO WHL



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1725/00/00 British Royal Navy Antigua Naval Dockyard is established.
1784/00/00 Aboard the HMS Boreas, Captain Horatio Nelson arrives in Antigua as second-in-command of the Leeward Island Station. The captain of the HMS Pegasus, Prince William Henry, duke of Clarence, who was later crowned King William IV.

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Particulars for Nelson's Dockyard:
Cultural Affiliation British Royal Navy
Sight Category Building
Sight Category Historic District
Area of Significance Maritime
Area of Significance Military
Motif Nautical
Historic Use Naval Facility

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