Barbados was heavily fortified during the British colonial period. Two of the strongest defenses were Charles Fort at Needham’s Point (built in 1650) and inland at St. Ann’s Fort (1705) near where you are standing. These 17th and 18th century cannons from the Barbados Garrison are relics of this era. There are 26 of the armaments on display. They point toward the Garrison Savannah Racetrack. Horseracing began here in 1845 when British officers used the parade grounds to wager against each other’s equestrian skills. The horse racing venue has been operated by the Barbados Turf Club since 1905.