Montagu Nassau Bahamas was finished the latter end
July, 1742, and mounted eight 18, three 9, and six
6 pounders. Within the fort is a terraced cistern,
containing thirty tons,of ram water and so contrived
as to receive all that falls within the fort, with
a drain to carry off the superflous water; there
are barracks for officers and soldiers, a guard
room, and powder magazine, bomb proof, to contain
ninety-five barrels of powder; two of its sides
are close upon the sea, and the two land sides are
well secured by mastich pallisades. When the fort
was finished, I invited the Governor and principal
inhabitants to it, and then delivered His Excellency
the keys thereof, under a discharge of all the cannon.
The Governor and inhabitants were now extremely
well pleased to consider themselves in a condition
to repel the invasion of an enemy, as the back door
through which the place often had been surprised,
was now shut up."
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