Life in a Faraway Kingdom: Denmark, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the 2017 Centennial


David Knight (The St. Croix Source) writes about a new Source series about plans related to Denmark’s participation in U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), in the upcoming 2017 centennial of transfer. He writes:

The Source is in the process of seeking out a reporter in Denmark to give us occasional updates on centennial events that might otherwise be on the periphery of Virgin Islanders’ awareness.

Present-day Danish society can seem remote to many Virgin Islanders, even those who hold an interest in that nation’s centuries of shared heritage with the USVI.

One reason is that, unlike many Caribbean islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands are separated from their former colonial ruler not only by an ocean but also by language. Although most Danes today can speak or understand English, Danish has never been the most common spoken language on St. Thomas, St. Croix or St. John, even during the era when Denmark administered the islands.

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