Images from: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/fort-kykoveral and Google Maps.
Fort Kyk-Over-Al was built in 1616, about 400 years ago. The name is Dutch for “see over all.” It is a reference to the fort’s position on a small island at the intersection of the Essequibo, Mazaruni, and Cuyuni Rivers. The Spanish or Portugese may have first inhabited the area but the current ruins are from the Dutch.
The Dutch Captain, Adrian Groenewegen, built the fort, opened up trade with Guyana’s interior, and traveled the area in hopes of finding the city of gold.
Fort Kyk-Over-Al was abandoned in 1748. Much of it was scavenged to construct other buildings. In 1910, the area was excavated (by clearing overgrowth) and they found several relics from the Dutch occupation. Today, only a single entryway remains standing. In 1999, it was designated as a national monument.
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