Fort Zeelandia (Guyana)

Fort Zeelandia is located on Fort Island, a fluvial island of the Essequibo River delta in the Essequibo Islands-West Demerara region of Guyana. Not to be confused with Fort Zeelandia in Paramaribo, Suriname, this fort was built in 1743 and is among the oldest structures in Guyana.

Site Description

The small fort is a 15 x 20 m structure surrounded by four ramparts at each corner. Constructed during the Dutch occupation of the region, the fort was a vital defensive fortification strategically located at the mouth of the Essequibo River.

World Heritage Status

This site, along with the Court of Policy Building, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List on November 15th, 1995 in the Cultural category.

Notes

References

Fort Zeelandia (including Court of Policy Building) - UNESCO World Heritage Centre Retrieved 2009-03-04.

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