Independence Square is near the center of historic Basseterre. Originally called Pall Mall Square, the greenspace shaped like a Union Jack dates back to the mid-18th century. Before the end of the century, several government buildings were added around the square. It also became a place for slaves to socialize plus market their produce and crafts. This charming fountain was added in 1857. Although decorative, the primary purpose was to supply fresh water for the townspeople. The water was piped in from Olivees Mountain. On top of the basin are three maidens and a boy holding a fish.