Fort Cornwallis (Penang, Malaysia) Reviews
Description:Fort Cornwallis is located in Georgetown, Penang. It is the largest standing fort in Malaysia.
Newest Review: ... grounds of the Eastern and Oriental hotel. The cannons are dated Circa 1787 and have the Royal insignia of King George III. ... more
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by - written on 01/02/11, updated on 18/10/11 (Very useful, 138 readings)
Fort Cornwallis, Georgetown. Penang. Fort Cornwallis is the original site where Captain Francis Light landed in 1786. He initially built a wooden structure to act as a fortress but it was later rebuilt in stone using convict labor from India in the early 1800's. The surrounding area was quite inhospitable with very thick jungle and undergrowth and there is a story that said that in order for soldiers and locals to tame some of the jungle Light had a cannon filled with Spanish gold coins which was then fired into the jungle. The men used their machetes to cut down the fauna to reach the gold coins thereby clearing the jungle. The fort was built in ... Read the complete review