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Danish West Indies ~ History

Painting by Viggo Johansen

Could This Be Morningstar Beach in St. Thomas?

For those of you familiar with the Virgin Islands, doesn’t this painting above look like it was painted at Morningstar […]

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Strange fish caught off St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1857

Strange Fish Caught Off St. Thomas ~ 1857

One of the strangest fish ever caught off the Virgin Islands was thrown aboard by the wheel of a steamer […]

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Christopher Columbus visits St. Croix, US Virgin Islands ~ 1493

Christopher Columbus Visits the Virgin Islands ~ 1493

  Christopher Columbus This week marks another milestone in Virgin Islands history ~  November 14, 1493   Christopher Columbus, sailing […]

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Anders Valstrøm and his photograph collection of St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1911

Amazing Photograph Collection Up For Auction! ~ 1911

Bookkeeper, Anders Valstrom, original owner of the collection. Photograph Collection There is a phenomenal photograph collection up for auction this […]

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Royal Three Quarters of Charlotte Amalie by Edith deJongh Woods

The Royal Three Quarters of The Town of Charlotte Amalie

Learn more on amazon.com Historic Book Available St. Thomas, almost the keystone of the arch formed by the chain of […]

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David Hamilton Jackson Day in the US Virgin Islands

Happy David Hamilton Jackson Day!

David Hamilton Jackson Day In 1915, Jackson declared November 1st a public holiday in honor of the publishing of his […]

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Danish Crew of the Valkyrien in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies

Honoring Hurricane Heroes Past and Present

HMS Valkyrien ~ Crew Hurricane of 1916 Just over 100 years ago, a hurricane in October of 1916 tore through […]

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Crown House in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

How Crown House Survived the Hurricane of 1916

By Dr. Dante Beretta For every bad, there is a good.  West Indian saying When the barometer reading steadily dropped […]

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Battle of West Kay, Captain Carl V. Jessen

Two Treasured Paintings Document a Memorable Moment in Virgin Islands History ~ 1801

Battle of West Kay, Courtesy of Bruun-Rassmussen, Auctioneers of Fine Art Two Rare Paintings Incredibly, two paintings depicting the Battle […]

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Postcards from the Past ~ Danish West Indies

Collecting Postcards From The Past

I love collecting various postcards of the Danish West Indies and the British Virgin Islands.   Here is a small […]

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The Solar Eclipse in the Danish West Indies ~ 1897

Local Star Gazers Turned out to See a Solar Eclipse ~ 1897

As exciting as it was for many to witness the recent solar eclipse, imagine what it was like for those […]

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Unveiling the Bust of King Christian IX in St.Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1909

Unveiling the Bust of King Christian IX ~ 1909

Long ago, it was recorded that August 5, 1909, would always be remembered in the “history of St. Thomas”, as the day the […]

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Rare, souvenir booklet found of St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1897

Rare Souvenir Booklet Found! ~ 1897

This rare, souvenir booklet of the Danish West Indies is a fabulous find! It was produced by Mr. Edward Fraas, […]

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Celebrated Fragrance makes Simmonds & Co a success in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1850s

How a Celebrated Fragrance Lasted the Test of Time ~ 1860s

Every wonder what the earliest fragrances were that were sold on Main Street in St. Thomas? Today, some of the […]

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Telegraph Office Postcard in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1909

Telegraph Office Postcard ~ 1909

Below is a very nice postcard of the Telegraph Office in St. Thomas. You don’t see this image often. Clink on […]

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very old photographs of the Virgin Islands

Very Old Photographs of the Virgin Islands

Another great set of vintage photos available on eBay! 🎥 Here’s the link, only $20 for all 4 on eBay. […]

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The First performance of the Adams Juvenile Band, St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1910 By Valerie Sims

The First Performance of the Adams Juvenile Band ~ 1910

Adams Juvenile Band ON THIS DAY in 1910, the Adams Juvenile Band gave their first performance! 🎷🥁🎺 It took place at […]

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The Cruise of the Diablesse in the Danish West Indies ~ 1914

The Yacht, Diablesse Visits St. Thomas ~ 1914

#OnThisDay in 1914, one of my favorite authors sailed into Charlotte Amalie harbor. Captain Frederic A. Fenger, was an adventurous […]

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The quest for buried treasure never dies!

The Quest for Buried Treasure Never Dies!

Buried Treasure The quest for buried treasure never dies! 💰 One hundred years ago, Blackbeard’s Castle was purchased with the secret […]

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Main Street, St. Thomas

Ever Wonder What St. Thomas Was Like One Hundred Years Ago? Take This Tour…

Take this tour past the coaling docks with a brief stop on Main Street and the Catholic Church to see […]

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Theodore Roosevelt wearing a Panama hat ~ 1906

How Panama Hats Became So Popular ~ 1913

The “Tourist Day” line of postcards was a novel idea in the Danish West Indies! They were produced to show visiting traveler’s the […]

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Coal Carriers of St. Thomas, Danish West Indies now the US Virgin Islands

How Strength and Perseverance Gave Coal Carriers a Memorable Legacy

Women have been supporting their families since the beginning of time with incredible sacrifices. Under the Danish flag, they earned a […]

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The Thrills and Dangers of Animal-Driven Carts in the Danish West Indies ~ 1906

The Thrills and Dangers of Animal-Driven Carts ~ 1906

Before automated vehicles commanded the streets, horse carts, donkey carts, oxen and mule carts filled the narrow, dusty roadways delivering much-needed […]

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Coaling ladies at work on Hassel Island, Danish West Indies ~ 1907

How the Coaling Women Persevered ~ 1907

One of the unique scenes on Hassel Island was the line of women who served as coal carriers or coal […]

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