William of Orange knew that the Texel Roads was vital for the Dutch economy and for financing his revolt. Under no circumstance could he allow the royalist enemy to take control of this anchorage. That is why his Sea Beggars were ordered to construct Fort de Schans on the southwestern coast of Texel.
More than two centuries later, the fort was enlarged by Napoleon and strengthened with two smaller, neighbouring forts: the Lunette and the Redoute. These three forts have now been restored and are free to visit. Kaap Skil regularly organizes guided tours at the Schans.