Fort Patience was constructed by the Dutch between 1697 – 1702 by the Dutch, and was initially called Fort Lijdzaamheid. The word Patience is a literal translation. The construction of the fort took five years because of objection from the local population.
For five years, the indigenous people repeatedly held up construction of the fort, from its initiation in 1697, until 1702, over the inappropriateness of its size. The Fort’s original structure was a small two-storey stone lodge, but the people, on the other hand, preferred an impressive, properly fortified building that would serve as the stronghold of their defence and hence a compelling deterrent to future attacks.