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Fort Frederick

  • Also Known As: Frederiksfort
  • Also Known As: Ft Frederik of US Virgin Islands

  • Address: King St
  • Vicinity: Lagoon St
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

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. Then in 1878, escalating tensions erupted into the Labor Riot and Fireburn, which ended the contract labor system. -NPS

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Fort Frederick


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event

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Particulars for Fort Frederick:
Cultural Affiliation Black American
Sight Category Building
Cultural Affiliation European American
Area of Significance Exploration-settlement
Structure Type Fortification
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance National
Owner State

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 96001073
Resource Type:
Owner: State
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Colonial Danish
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Exploration-settlement, Black, European
Applicable Criteria: Event
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1825-1849, 1800-1824, 1750-1799
Significant Year: 1752, 1848, 1917
Historic Function: Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Fortification
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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