Cavalier Tower

  • Castles And Fortification
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

A predominate defensive feature of Spanish fortifications, Cavaliers were a popular construction style around the late 15th Century. These “mini Towers”, were built to allow fire over the primary defensive walls and thus providing a higher elevation that the walls themselves. Designed into 2 classifications (Common and Defensible Cavalier), they were comparable to defensive towers. Various sizes and building types (as needed) were deployed. Made of stone, few (if any) were constructed of wood. Originally used for musket and riflemen, larger versions were designed for cannon. Cavaliers were very common in many Spanish colonial forts in the Caribbean and Southern New World possessions. Many fine examples still exist.