We have to admit that when we first heard about Fort George, Maurice Bishop, and Operation Urgent Fury/US Invasion of Grenada, we were immediately intrigued. We had heard bits and pieces about all three topics, but did not have detailed knowledge of how all three were related.
As luck would have it, we would get not just get the story of how the Prime Minister of Grenada at the time, Maurice Bishop, was executed at Fort George (known as Fort Rupert at the time) in 1983, and how, through related matters, the United States invaded Grenada, but we would also get to visit Fort George. Sitting perfectly above the Capital town of St. George’s, Fort George is not just where people go to take panoramic photos of St. George’s and it’s surroundings. Fort George is also steeped in history and political stories to last a lifetime.
History goes, that following years and months of investigations and accusations, Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, including a pregnant woman named Jacqueline Creft, and several others were lined up against a wall at the then Fort Rupert and executed by firing squad, on what is believed were the orders of the Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard, who had taken over the government just a few days earlier.
Events were then set in motion. Following the executions, accusing Grenada of supporting Cuba, and to secure the safety of American citizens who were attending the local St. George’s University Medical School, the United States invaded this small Caribbean island and occupied Grenada for about three weeks before claiming victory, deposing the military government and reestablishing a constitutional one.
All this history in one spot. We really have just touched the tip of the iceberg on the events surrounding Fort George, Maurice Bishop, and Operation Urgent Fury. Following this tour, we could not get our hands on more information fast enough. We enjoyed walking through Fort George. We loved the views. But we loved the story even more.
Fort George was built in 1705 by the French. Today it is used by the Royal Grenada Police Force and is open to the public to tour. It is a prominent feature in the St. George’s skyline and is certainly worth uncovering; story, views and all.
– We probably don’t have to remind you, but bring your camera, the shots of town are epic from Fort George
– We hired a local driver/taxi. We found that we were able to go at our pace and soaked up all the history