From the introduction of this 72 page book: “St. Croix today is an hospitable island that has a little of everything except cold weather. The island has changed remarkably since Columbus discovered it in 1493 and was driven off by hostile Indians. In the nearly 500 years that have intervened, this little area of 84 square miles and 52,628 acres has alternately suffered and prospered from the blind forces of nature and history. It has attracted a remarkable variety of people during its history, not all of whom benefited the island.
During the period of development of the Western Hemisphere, St. Croix was fought over, colonized, bought, sold, captured and recaptured because of its strategic or economic potential. It is popularly said to have existed under the flags of seven nations. This tally does not include periods of possession or use by aboriginal tribes, pirates, filibusters, squatters, private owners, religious and trading companies, or the few times it was not occupied by anyone at all. Our documented history begins with the Indians found on the island by Columbus, and seen again by Governor John White 94 years later when he stopped here three days on his way to found Virginia in 1587.”
Filled with interesting, entertaining, and enlightening facts, along with many illustrations, this book will be an enjoyment to any reader interested in the early settlement of the islands of the Caribbean.
- Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Paperback : 71 pages
- Publisher : Dukane (January 1, 1964)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0007E682I
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