Detail showing the wall and a window from Fort Frederik, Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Fort Frederik is a Dutch fort in Frederiksted on St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was one of the first (if not the first) foreign outposts to salute the United States as an independent country. The fort never saw combat, but it did see a slave uprising. A few years later, it was here that the Danish West Indies abolished slavery in 1848.

Today, the fort is home to a museum. The grounds are open to visitors and galleries contain exhibits of local art, furniture, and historical artifacts, though there is some contention among the locals about how valuable they find the exhibits. The rest of the town isn’t quite as historic. You can see the effects of weather and the economy almost like rings of a tree with layers of change. The town is small, so it’s easy to walk around.

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James Smith