1700: Nisky Moravian Church was built. This is the oldest Moravian church in the Caribbean. The Moravian religion was started by the Moravia people this so called spiritual set out of Germany and Saxony. They did however started education for slaves on the island.


1701-1713: St. Thomas thrived with the Danes during the Spanish Succession. All

European countries were fighting each other and Denmark was a

neutral territory and benefited by all the European traders doing

business safely here.


1717: Planters from St. Thomas travel back and forth to St. John to cultivate sugar cane.

In 1718 they had an official ceremony to inaugurate the establishment of St. John

as a plantation colony.


1730: Nisky Moravian Church was destroyed by a fire, later when it was rebuilt the

second floor with shingled sides was added.


1733: St. Croix was bought from France by Denmark. That same year saw a huge

rebellion on St. John; the Fortsberg Fortress Slave Revolt lasted for six months

when the African slaves took over St. John until the French from neighboring

Martinique assisted the Danes to regain control of the island. That single event is

said to have started the revolution of slaves throughout the Caribbean. The legend

of their bravery encouraged slaves for over a century and still today instills a sense

of pride and wonder in some today.

 The first Danish governor of St. Thomas was Erik Nielsen, Jorgen Iversen was brought in soon after to replace the short lived governor Nielsen, and subsequent governors followed, such as: (3)Nicolaj Esmit,

(4)Adolph Esmit, (5)Gabriel Milan, (6)Christoffer Heins; June, 1686 –

March, 1689.


In 1733: A legendary slave rebellion in St. John that started at the Fortsberg Fortress

lasted for six months with the Danes losing the battle until French help came

from Martinique, at this point the French and Denmark were business associates

after having recently selling St. Croix to the Danes. This slave rebellion

encouraged slaves to revolt throughout the Caribbean.


In 1734: Birth of Chaka Zulu. He went on in life to revolutionize the spear by simply

shortening it and changed the method of combat inevitably by making it

more physical body to body contact where before it was more distant and

less violent. It is believed that he was influenced by the state of the world

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he received it.


In 1754: These islands were officially the Danish West Indies after Denmark took

all plantations in the islands.


In 1764: King Frederick of Denmark declares St. Thomas’ harbour a ‘Freeport’.


Sometime after that, the inhabitants from St. Barthelemy started coming to St.

Thomas for a better life, after being ignored by France and Sweden who were at

war with each other. These people were originally exiles or descendants of those

who were Slaves, indentured servants and plantation heads etc. who occupied

themselves in fishing and agriculture. When they came here they too k up the

same traditions and settled in St. Thomas on the southern side of St. Thomas

now called French Town for fishing and the Northern side of the island called

North Side which is today the agricultural capital. They have several prominent

family names now in Virgin Islands: the Berry’s, Honduras, Magras, Boschulte.

These people have assimilated the culture of the island well and have gone into

politics and business. Some have mixed in and interbred with the largely

African population, but many still live in a somewhat segregated way on the



Saint Barts (St. Barthelemy) was ceded to Sweden in 1784 with provisions

allowing France to establish a transshipment post at Goteborg. The war between

France and Sweden ended, with France purchasing the island in 1877.


1773: Boston Tea Party

1776: American Revolution


In 1792: White Tail Deer was introduced.


In 1793: Frederick Lutheran Church was built. It was the religion of the Danes and

is today the official religion of the Virgin Islands although the island main

religion is Catholicism.


Danish Rule; English Takeover-Napoleonic Wars