The battery of San Jose is located in a neighboring islet Baru Island, opposite the fort of San Fernando. Protects access to the bay of Cartagena.

It is, like any battery, a fortification designed to contain a number of artillery pieces gathered already covered. Generally complemented the strong or large size enclosures flanking approximations fronts plaza.

A fortification is accessed by boat from either Cartagena docks.

Earlier, in 1714, had built in batteries Tierrabomba San Felipe, Santiago and Chamba, which were attacked and dominated by Vernon in 1741, who left them unusable.

On the traces of these batteries and the artillery vaults rose powder magazine, reserving the adjacent island to the platform at the water, where there were twenty guns pointing to the ships that cross the narrow channel pretendieran Bocachica.
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