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The History of the Danish West Indies

Admiral Henry T. Mayo, Commander of the North American Fleet passes St. Croix, Danish West Indies ~ 1917 By Valerie Sims

44 Ships Belonging to the North Atlantic Fleet Pass St. Croix ~ 1917

Imagine looking out to the horizon and seeing a flotilla of battleships coming into view.  This happened in 1917 on […]

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Hugo Larsen's Nanny with Baby painting in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1905 By Dante Beretta

How a Family Historian Discovered Where Hugo Larsen Painted One of His Masterpieces ~ 1905

By Dr. Dante Beretta   A little over 100 years ago, a talented young Danish artist named Hugo Larsen, visited […]

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Alexander Hamilton from St. Croix

Honoring Alexander Hamilton’s Birthday

#OnThisDay At 17 years of age, Alexander Hamilton wrote a captivating letter to his father about a devastating hurricane that […]

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edward compton, actor

A Famous English Actor Causes Quite a Stir ~ 1903

Did you know that one of England’s most popular actors visited St. Thomas?   Edward Compton visits St. Thomas Edward Compton […]

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Celebrating Three King’s Day ~ 1910

Three King’s Day had the reputation of being the happiest of the holiday seasons! It was a half-holiday that started at […]

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Rebuilding a Sunken Sailboat ~ 1916

Rebuilding a Sunken Sailboat ~ 1916

The Schooner, Eagle Last year, I shared a fascinating story about the inter-island sloop, Eagle. Included were rare photographs of her crew […]

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Slave Revolt in St. John, Danish West Indies

How One Family Shared the Sad Story of the 1733 Slave Revolt

A group of captive men from the African Akwamu tribe planned an attack against their masters at Estate Fortsberg in Coral Bay. […]

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Lost at Sea! A Jost Van Dyke Sloop Vanishes Without a Trace ~ 1916

Imagine saying farewell to your loved one at the dock as they boarded a boat, then discovering later that they […]

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Hurricane of 1867, British Virgin Islands history, Danish West Indies history, By Valerie Sims

ON THIS DAY, The Devastating Hurricane of 1867 hit the British Virgin Islands and Danish West Indies

ON THIS DAY, the costliest and deadliest hurricane of 1867, hit the British Virgin Islands and the Danish West Indies! […]

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The Loss of the Spider ~ 1916 By Valerie Sims

The Disappearance of the Sloop, SPIDER ~ 1916

St. Thomas was struck by one of the most destructive hurricanes in the history of the Danish West Indies! ⚡ The […]

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bargain store, 40 Kings Street-min

Running a Mom and Pop Shop in St. Croix ~ 1900

Ever wonder what the mom-and-pop stores sold in the Danish West Indies? Generally speaking, EVERYTHING!  Our forefather opened several stores in his […]

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Celebrating Peruvian Independence in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies.

Peruvian Independence Celebrated ~ 1916

During the history of the Danish West Indies, the honoring of Peruvian Independence was an important commemoration. 🇵🇪    The History […]

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The Burning of the Telegraph Office in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1909 By Valerie Sims

Fire Destroys the St. Thomas Telegraph Office ~ 1909

On this day in 1909, a horrific fire destroyed the iconic building which housed the Telegraph Office in St. Thomas! The […]

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Veteran postman Joseph Lorand accepts award in the Danish West Indies ~ 1911 By Valerie Sims

How St. Thomas Honored the Longest Serving Veteran Postman ~ 1903

Recently, several friends on Facebook have wondered about the identity of a Veteran Postman seen in this postcard image above.  […]

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Grundlov Celebration

GRUNDLOV Constitution Celebrated! ~ 1914

The Grundlov Celebration ON THIS DAY in 1914, the Grundlov celebration took place at the Apollo theatre in St. Thomas.  This […]

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Henri Konow

How the VALKYRIEN’S Band Honored Their Commander ~ 1916

HMS Valkyrien After rumors of an impending disturbance among the laboring class began to surface, the local government sent a […]

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Taking the Last Danish Census ~ 1911

By Dr. Dante Beretta Census Day The 1st of February 1911, Census Day, was an important day for the town of Charlotte […]

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Earliest Story Found by J. Antonio Jarvis, St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1917

Discovering One of the Earliest Stories by J. Antonio Jarvis

J. Antonio Jarvis Great discovery!!  Here is one of the EARLIEST stories published by J. Antonio Jarvis! He was only […]

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Choosing a new name for the Danish West Indies, the American Virgin Islands ~ 1917 By Valerie Sims

How a New Name for the Danish West Indies was Chosen ~ 1917

Choosing a New Name Months prior to the official Transfer Day ceremony, a resolution was submitted to the House of Representatives […]

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Former President Theodore Roosevelt visits St. Thomas and St. Croix in the Danish West Indies ~ 1916 By Valerie Sims

The Landing of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt in St. Croix ~ 1916

Governor Lars Christian Helweg-Larsen on left stands next to Colonel Theodore Roosevelt (wearing a suit of dark grey tweed) and […]

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Trepuk, Danish West Indies, History, Henry O Creque, St. Thomas, 1902

How a Heartfelt Letter Written 100 Years Ago Still Has Meaning ~ 1902

As I perused through fragile, old letters and newspaper clippings that have been saved by many generations in our family, there was one […]

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SS Prasident transports BVI workers from the Dominican Republic to the Danish West Indies ~ 1912 By Valerie Sims

Sugarcane Laborers Return Home on a German Cargo Ship ~ 1912

During the summer of 1912, many seasonal sugarcane laborers from the British Virgin Islands, working in the Dominican Republic, returned […]

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The Loss of the British sloop, SYRIA off St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1912 By Valerie Sims

Sad Sea Catastrophe: The Loss of the British Sloop, SYRIA ~ 1912

The history of the Creque family is filled with intrigue and adventure!   However, it also has its fair share of calamities. Six branches […]

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Touring the big ship Malakka in Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1914 By Valerie Sims

A Few Lucky Residents Tour a One of a Kind Wonder Before She Sunk ~ 1914

Many generations of our family have loved touring the vessels that anchored off St Thomas. ⚓  Watching movies on the Carla […]

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