Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Author Chika Watanabe. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Author Chika Watanabe

Central America. List of Dutch colonial forts and possessions

Written by Marco Ramerini. English text revision by Dietrich Köster.

PUERTO RICO

San Juan de Puerto Rico:

Netherlands: Sep. 1625 – 2 Nov. 1625 abandoned

to Spain

The Dutch occupied only the town and the fort of Canuela at the bay entrance. The fort of Canuela is retaken by the Spanish after three weeks. The Morro Fortress remains in the Spanish hands.

Goslinga “The Dutch in the Caribbean and on the Wild Coast 1580 – 1680” 

VIRGIN ISLANDS:

Thortolen eiland (Tortola): Fort Burt and Fort Recovery (Road Town and West End)

Netherlands:

ANGUILLA:

Netherlands:

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES:

CURAÇAO:

Netherlands: 1634 – today

Goslinga “The Dutch in the Caribbean and on the Wild Coast 1580 – 1680”

St. Cruys (St. Kruis): Fort Santa Cruz, Fort Sint Cruys

Netherlands:

Bullenbaai: Fort Bullebaai

Netherlands:

Crabbebaai: Fort Crabbebaai, Fort Krabbebaai

Netherlands:

Vaersenbaai: Fort Vaersenbaai

 Netherlands:

Piscaderabaai: Fort Piscaderabaai

 Netherlands:

Port Marie (Porto Marie): Fort Porto Marí, Fort Porto Marie

 Netherlands:

Punt de Punda (Willemstad): Fort Amsterdam, Fort Punda, Fort Willemstad Waterfort Fort Graaf van Buren, Fort Punda

 Netherlands:

Caracasbaai: Fort Beekenburg

 Netherlands:

Fuik baai: Fort Collenborg

 Netherlands:

Knippe baai (Knip baai): Fort de Knip, Fort Knipbaai

 Netherlands:

Otrobanda: Batterij de Kreek Batterij Punta Brava

 Netherlands:

Pietermaai:

 Netherlands:

Pos Cabay, Poos Cabaai bij St. Annabaai, St. Annabaai, Schottegat, Santa Annabaai: St. Anna’s dorp, St. Annasdorp, Dorp bij de Waterputten, Schottegat, Santa Annabaai, Fort bij de waterputten, Fort bij de Waterputten, Fort bij Santa Anna’s dorp Fort Wilschutsborg Fort het Retranchement

 Netherlands:

Baay St. Michiel (Sint Michielsbaai): Fort St. Michiel

 Netherlands:

St. Barbarabaai (Barbara Strand): Fort de Tolcksburg

 Netherlands:

West Punt (Westpunt): Fort deWestpunt

 Netherlands:

Blokhuis Curaçao:

 Netherlands:

Batterij Ruyterpost, Batterij Uitkijk:

 Netherlands:

ARUBA:

Netherlands: 16 – today

BONAIRE:

Netherlands: 16 – today

Barcadera: Fort Barcadera

 Netherlands:

Barbudo, Pos de Baca, Poos de Vaca: Fort Barbuda, Fort Koeput

 Netherlands:

Cabajé: Fort Cabajé

 Netherlands:

Carpata (Karpata): Fort Carpata

 Netherlands:

Slachtbaai (Slagbaai): Fort Slachtbaai

 Netherlands:

SINT EUSTATIUS:

Netherlands: 16 – today

Bovenstad (Oranjestad): Fort Oranje, Fort Oranjestad, Oude Fort Bouillé, Fort Citeon, Fort Citern

 Netherlands:

Bek-af Baij, Back-off Bay: Fort Chitchie, Fort Tietchy Fort De Windt Fort Frederik

 Netherlands:

Coculusbaai, Coculus Baay: Fort Coculusbaai

 Netherlands:

Compagnie Baaij (Compagnie Bay): Fort St. Louis, Fort Lucie, Fort Lucia

 Netherlands:

Concordia Baaij, Concordia Bay, Schildpaddenbaai: Fort Concordia, Fort Concordiabaai Fort Schildpadsbaai

 Netherlands:

Correcorrebaai, Corre Corre baai: Fort Correcorrebaai, Fort Corre Correbaai, Fort Nonna Grells

 Netherlands:

Hillegatspunt, Hellgate, Zeelandiabaai, Hillegatspoint (Zeelandia Baai): Fort Zeelandia

 Netherlands:

Jenkinsbaai, Jenkins Baaij, Jenkins Bay: Fort Jenkinsbaai

 Netherlands:

Kay Baij, Kay Bay: Fort Nassau

 Netherlands:

Oranjebaai, Oranjestadbaai, Benedenstad (Oranjestad Baai): Fort aan de baai, Fort Aan de baai Fort Amsterdam, Waterfort Fort Rotterdam Fort Royal, Fort Royale, Fort Roijal

 Netherlands:

Panga, heuvel (Signal Hill): Fort de Jussac, Fort Cul de Sac Fort Panga, Signaalfort

 Netherlands:

Smoke Alley: Fort Bourbon, Fort Four Guns, Fort Vaughan

 Netherlands:

Tommeldijkbaai, Tumble Down Dick Bay: Fort Tommeldijk, Fort Tommelendijkbaai

 Netherlands:

Witte Hoek (White Hook): Fort Nieuw, Fort Nieuwe Hollandia

 Netherlands:

Zuidkant: Fort Dolin, Fort Dollijn

 Netherlands:

SABA:

Netherlands: 16 – today

Botte (The Bottom):

 Netherlands:

Fort Baij (Fort Bay): Oude fort, Natural fort

 Netherlands:

Tent Baij (Tent Bay): Tent Bay, Oude fort

 Netherlands:

SINT MAARTEN:

Netherlands: 16 – today

Philipsburgh: Fort Amsterdam Batterij Pieter

 Netherlands:

Schietpost Bel Air:

 Netherlands:

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO:

Tobago: Fort Flushing (1628), Fort Lampsinsberg (1654), Fort van Beveren (1654), Fort Bellavista (1654), Fort Sterreschans (1676)

Netherlands: 1628 – 1 January 1637

to Spain, later abandoned

Courlanders attempts (1637/1639/1642)

English attempts (1639 – 1640/1642/1647)

Tobago is for a few years divided between the Dutch and the Courlanders:

Courland (20 May 1654 – 11 Dec. 1659) from 11 Dec.1659 the whole island is in Dutch hands

Netherlands: September 1654 – January 1666

to the English (January 1666 – August 1666)

to the French (August 1666 a few days later abandoned)

Netherlands: April 1667 – 18 December 1672

to the English (18 December 1672 a few days later abandoned)

Netherlands: 1 September 1676 – 6 December 1677

to the French (6 September 1677 a few days later abandoned)

Goslinga “The Dutch in the Caribbean and on the Wild Coast 1580 – 1680” 

HONDURAS

Trujillo:

Netherlands: 15 July 1633 – 20/21 July 1633 abandoned

to Spain

Goslinga “The Dutch in the Caribbean and on the Wild Coast 1580 – 1680” 

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