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East Fort

This cannon, together with others, have remained on site for over 200 years. The vista the battery overlooks is magnificent  and has remained the same since Vasco Da Gama traversed the scene en route to Mossel Bay, the first known European to round the Cape. It is of international significance being the vestigial remains of a number of fortifications of its time which sadly have been lost to the ravages of time and development.  The site is in grave danger.  However, the Hout Bay Heritage Trust has dedicated itself to preserve the site in spite of neglect and opposition  by those who are tasked to preserve it. Sadly, up to now, our Government agencies  have virtually ignored this valuable heritage asset and the great tourism potential it represents as an International Heritage Tourism destination.  

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The Restoration of the oldest working battery
 of original working guns
in the
WORLD

East Fort Story Gallery Lat 34°3’19.38”S   Long 18°21’48.44’E #top

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A nation that turns its back on its history, the lessons and experiences of the past, good or bad,  undermines the foundations of its future.

These pages concerning the history of the site are in the process of revision and will re-released ASAP

For recent developments at the site visit
the East Fort Hot Button Fact File

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