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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