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French Wells

Historic Site

As implied, this area derived its name from the wells which were dug by French pirates who used this area as a hideout during the years of piracy. It was a convenient location for them because the channel at French Wells was sheltered by the cays between Long Cay and Crooked Island, and by the shallow flats of the Bight of Acklins. This allowed the ships to remain hidden and attack the merchant ships using the Crooked Island Passage.

To protect shipping and minimize the continued threat of piracy, the British established a fort at Gun Point. As you approach French Wells, you will find remains of fortifications near the shoreline including an old cannon.

Accessibility Notes

Persons with mobility impairments or in wheelchairs should be careful moving around on the rocky, sandy terrain.

Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed pets are permitted, but should be controlled.

Time Period Represented

Late 1700s to Early 1800s


Sunrise to Sunset

Seasons Open

Year Round


None (unless you visit as part of a tour)

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