Charlotte Amalie History,
St. Thomas History
The Virgin Islands capital city, Charlotte Amalie and its harbor area is like any large American city with the attendant hustle and bustle.
Motor traffic is congested because the streets, built by the Danes for horse and carriage, are too narrow to easily accommodate today's traffic. But still ideal for a walking tour.
The majority of city's buildings are of thick masonry, originally old warehouses, that were remodeled into colorful stores bursting with duty-free goods from all over the world.
At some point, you should enjoy an overview of Charlotte Amalie, either from the hillsides or the water. Only then will you appreciate the city's dazzling checkerboard roofs of silver and red set against the blue Caribbean. It's a famous, classic Caribbean scene.
St. Thomas has always been appreciated by people who liked a good time, and never more appreciated than by pirates who used it as an "R&R" stop, right under the nose of the Danish authorities.
Charlotte Amalie's original name was Tap Hus, Danish for "rum shop," in honor of its most popular product.
Blackbeard is said to have
married (very formal, for a pirate) 14 different women,
killing them when he tired of their charms.