I came across these amazing photographs by Steve Simonsen while browsing local photographers this afternoon. Painted a brilliant red the historical Fort Frederik, welcomes cruise ship passengers and tourists alike to discover St. Croix’s history. The landmark was named after King Frederick V of Denmark, who purchased the Danish West Indies in 1754.
According to the National Park Service, Fort Frederik was constructed in the mid-18th century by the Danish government to protect its interests in the Caribbean and to defend the western end of Saint Croix against incursion from other European powers. Fort Frederik was the focal point of two important events that led to the dissolution of the slave-based economy of the Virgin Islands. In 1848, Emancipation Revolt ended slavery in the Danish West Indies, but inaugurated a 30-year period of serfdom based on contract labor that ensured continuing control by plantation owners. Later in 1878, escalating tensions erupted into the Labor Riot and Fireburn, which ended the contract labor system.
The fort has served as a jail, police station, fire station and courthouse since the purchase of the Virgin Islands by the U.S. in 1917.
It was listed as a contributing property in the Frederiksted Historic District in 1976. It was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. It was further declared a National Historic Landmark in 1997.
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 St. Croix.
Located at the North end of the town of Frederksted, South of junction of Mahogany Road and Rt. 631 or just north of the pier in Frederiksted. Fort Frederik Museum has an admission fee of $3.00 adults. Under age 16 admission is free. The museum is open on Saturdays only during cruise ship visits. 8:00 a.m. until 4:00.
About Steve Simonsen Photography
Based in the Caribbean in the U.S. Virgin Islands, on the island of St John for the past 20 years. Stock and assignment photographer; year-round access to the Caribbean. Digital services. Digital HD video topside and underwater.
- Specialties include underwater, villas and resort properties, aerial photography
- Currently producing documentary on the endangered Leatherback turtles that nest on Sandy Point St Croix.
- Member ASMP, Lonely Planet Images
- PADI, NAUI Diving Instructor
- Underwater Naturalist
- Photography Workshops topside and underwater.
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For more information contact: Janet Simonsen, P.O. Box 980, St. John, USVI 00831