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“This old Danish fort can be seen from the cruise ship”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Fort Frederik

Fort Frederik
Ranked #11 of 37 things to do in Frederiksted
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Owner description: This bright-red historic fort in Frederiksted has a local history museum, courtyard and stables.
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“This old Danish fort can be seen from the cruise ship”
Reviewed January 26, 2010

This fort is right off the pier when one departs a cruise ship and walks into Frederiksted. It was built between 1752 and 1760 and was named in honor of the reigning Danish monarch, Frederik V. It stands on the site of an earlier earthen fortification, Fort St. James, built by the English during the 1640s. It was attacked and captured by the Spanish in 1650 and later used by the French between 1650 and 1695. The Danes must have come into possession of the Virgin islands after the other powers abandoned them as any of these countries could have easily taken them from Denmark. The Danes also possess Greenland because it is so worthless that the other European powers probably didn't want it. The present structure was designed to encourage the settlement of Frederiksted. What makes this place unique is that it is a Danish fort and they are rather rare in the western hemisphere.

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“African-American history”
Reviewed October 20, 2002

Fort Frederick has a display related to the Fredensborg, a ship that was part of the "Triangle Trade" from Europe, to Africa and ST. Croix and back to Europe. The ship sank just off coast in Denmark; the first mate saved the ship's log. At the Fort are records about the sale of the slaves which occurred in stx.

Thus, together with the shipwreck, a complete picture of the slave trade is beginning to emerge. Fort Frederick is a international treasure.
Furthermore, the place is beautiful and interesting.

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