Fort Beekenburg was built between 1701 and 1704. The Spanish Water was one of the few suitable places to go ashore from the sea. It was therefore decided to build a fortress to make it impossible for enemies to reach Willemstad the city.
The fort is named after Mr van Beek between 1701 and 1704 who coordinated the protection of the city.
During the 18th century, the fortress was able to stop several attacks by French and British troops.
At one point the British tried to bypass the fort by climbing the adjacent mountain. However, this was so problematic and took too much time that the plan was halted and it was decided to withdraw before the Dutch gathered their forces. From 1800 to 1803 and from 1807 to 1816 Curaçao was occupied by the British. Fort Beekenburg was attacked several times by pirates, without success.
While you're at Fort Beekenburg, a visit to the Quarantine building is also worthwhile. It's only a five minute drive up. You can already see the Quarantine building from the fort.
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A fantastic heritage opportunity - sadly missed. This unique building could be a wonderful place for tourists to visit during their stay in Curaçao. However, it is neglected, has some graffiti (which definitely needs to be removed!) and litter sandwiched between ancient cannons! With some official intervention and some collective effort, this great heritage site could be cleaned up and become a much more inviting place to visit. At the moment it is just a sad, neglected piece of Curaçao's rich history…