The site consists of a group of Georgian-style naval buildings and structures, set within a walled enclosure. The natural environment of this side of the island of Antigua, with its deep, narrow bays surrounded by highlands, offered shelter from hurricanes and was ideal for repairing ships. The construction of the Dockyard by the British navy would not have been possible without the labour of generations of enslaved Africans since the end of the 18th century. Its aim was to protect the interests of sugar cane planters at a time when European powers were competing for control of the Eastern Caribbean.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|ii||To exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.||All|
|iv||To be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.||All|
|WISOSKY en es fr ht||87.5km||site_izi|
|An Chodyè La||2019||89km||site_ao|
|Anegada Conch Middens||2019||325.3km||site_ao|
|The Ruins of George Martin’s Caribbean Recording Studio||2018||56.6km||site_ao|
|Fort Delgrès Memorial||2018||113.3km||site_ao|
|Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park||1999||120.4km||site_whs|
|Morne Trois Pitons National Park||1997||200.1km||site_whs|
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Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.