The West-Indies - Sources of history

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  • 1800
  • 1850
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  • 1950
  • 2000
  • TODAY
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1671-1672

The Danish West India Company is established

The job of the Danish West India Company was to handle sailing, colonization, and trade on St. Thomas.

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1718

The occupation of St. John

After almost 50 years on St. Thomas, the Danish West India Company wanted to colonize yet another island.

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1733

The slaves rebel on St. John

In 1733 the slaves had enough of severe punishment and revolted.

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1733

The Danes buy the third island of the West Indies – St. Croix

In 1733, the Danish West India-Guinea Company bought the almost uninhabited island of St. Croix from France.

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1754-1755

The dissolution of the Danish West India and Guinea Company

The Danish West India and Guinea Company was dissolved in 1754 by the King buying all the shares of the company.

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1792

Danish decision to abolish transatlantic slavetrade

King Christian VII signed in 1792 a new ordinance stating that slave trade under a Danish flag was to cease by January 1, 1803.

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1801-1815

The English occupy the islands

In March 1801 the British occupied St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John.

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1848

Peter von Scholten abolishes slavery

In July 1848, a slave rebellion started on St. Croix.

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1866-1867

Negotiations with the U.S. on sale fail

When Denmark was weakened by the loss of South Jutland in 1864, the U.S. approached the Danish government offering to buy the islands.

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1878-1880

Another rebellion on St. Croix

In October 1878, riots among farm workers on St. Croix developed into a general rebellion.

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1900-1902

New sale negotiations with the US

In January 1900, the U.S. approached Denmark with a proposal about buying the Danish possessions in the West Indies.

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1911-1912

Last census in the Danish possessions in the West Indies

The last census in the islands under Danish flag was conducted on February 1, 1911.

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1916-1917

The islands are sold to the U.S.

In 1916 the question about whether or not to sell the islands in the West Indies became the first-ever referendum in Denmark.

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1997

The documents from the West Indian colony become world cultural heritage

In 1997 the West Indies documents was included on the UNESCO list of the written world cultural heritage, The Memory of the World Register.

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1999

International co-operation to maintain the historical heritage

In 1999 Denmark and the Virgin Islands' government entered into an agreement on co-operation about the common past.

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