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The History of the Danish West Indies

the attention of your femme de chambre; and in retiring to rest, it behoves thee to lift the netting with caution, and to insinuate thyself within its folds, in such a manner as to prevent their entrance at the same time. The comforts and coziness of a well- furnished, carpeted room, appear to a new comer, no trifling desideratum among tropical comforts, but they are rendered superfluous by the climate, and inadmissible from the multitudes of insects and vermin which infest the dwellings; whence every indispensable article of furniture is so constructed as to afford them as little shelter as possible. Miss Betsy was more liberal in providing the " re- past of ease" in the morning, and "cavished" fish, which the West Indians manage with exquisite regard to the palate, was one of the several dishes which graced her breakfast-table. We marvel much that this excellent plan of serving up fish cold, has not been introduced commonly in England. The process of frying it, and afterwards steeping it in vinegar, with some green capsicums and spices, and a flavour of garlic, is simple; and the compound may be preserved in jars for a great length of time. We confess a gusto for the thing.the attention of your femme de chambre; and in retiring to rest, it behoves thee to lift the netting with caution, and to insinuate thyself within its folds, in such a manner as to prevent their entrance at the same time. The comforts and coziness of a well- furnished, carpeted room, appear to a new comer, no trifling desideratum among tropical comforts, but they are rendered superfluous by the climate, and inadmissible from the multitudes of insects and vermin which infest the dwellings; whence every indispensable article of furniture is so constructed as to afford them as little shelter as possible. Miss Betsy was more liberal in providing the " re- past of ease" in the morning, and "cavished" fish, which the West Indians manage with exquisite regard to the palate, was one of the several dishes which graced her breakfast-table. We marvel much that this excellent plan of serving up fish cold, has not been introduced commonly in England. The process of frying it, and afterwards steeping it in vinegar, with some green capsicums and spices, and a flavour of garlic, is simple; and the compound may be preserved in jars for a great length of time. We confess a gusto for the thing.

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How Hotel Italia in St. Thomas Became a Popular Movie Venue During World War I by Dr. Dante Beretta

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8 Christmas Carols Sung in St. Croix ~ 1912

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How All Saints Church Celebrated the Crucifiction on Good Friday ~ 1904

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Rare Pissarro Drawing from St. Thomas on Exhibit in London by Dr. Dante Beretta

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10 Antique Views of the Virgin Islands Available for Sale

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Fishermen’s Boat Capsizes Two local fishermen swam for their lives using nothing but the buoys from their fishpots to stay […]

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5 Working Conditions for Agricultural Laborers from the British West Indies in St. Croix ~ 1864

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Pass It On, An Inspirational Poem ~ 1913

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How St. Thomas Became Known as a City of Music and Laughter ~ 1892

A City of Music and Laughter St. Thomas made such an impression on one traveler that he dubbed the island, […]

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What Drink does and its side effects in the Danish West indies

What Drinking Does, Its Effects Upon Society, Business, Politics, and Religion ~ 1916

What Drink Does Here’s a post found at the archives of Royal Danish Library on drinking and its effects. There were […]

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Transfer Day, An Engaging Historical Thriller by Sophie Schiller

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Early Telephone subscribers in Danish West Indies, US Virgin Islands

The Earliest Known Telephone Subscribers in St. Thomas ~ 1909

Early St. Thomas Telephone Subscribers When telephone wires were being strung along the streets in St. Thomas, residents were excited! […]

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Valkyrien’s Band Marches Through Frederiksted ~ 1916

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A Lecture by Adolph Sixto at the Apollo Theatre, After the War, What? ~ 1915

After the War, What? An Interesting Lecture by Adolph Sixto A Full House at the Apollo Theatre Adolph Sixto gave […]

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St. Thomas, One of the Most Beautiful Spots in the World ~ 1905

The island of St. Thomas was my childhood home. When I came across this wonderful description of it, by Rutherford Corbin, I thought […]

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13 Regulations for the Teachers of the Public Schools in St. Croix ~ 1900s

Regulations for Public School Teachers

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Africa Arise, An Inspirational Poem by Charles A. Emanuel ~ 1912

The following poem was found in a little book called,  A Souvenir by Charles A. Emanuel from St. Thomas. ~ […]

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11 Different Uses for St. Johns Bay Rum ~ 1917

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The Loss of the Anegada Sloop, FIDDLER ~ 1906

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High School Reunion Sparks Appreciaton for Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and School

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1912 Carnival in St. Thomas, DAnish West Indies

A Rare Photograph of the First Carnival Festival in the Danish West Indies ~ 1912

Celebrating the First Carnival Festival Here’s an old advertisement for the first carnival festival held in the Danish West Indies […]

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Over 230 Books Recommended by the Nisky Sunday School in St. Thomas ~ 1912

List of Recommended Books Have you read any of these?

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