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Title: Danish settlers on St. Croix abused island's timber supply
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Title: Danish settlers on St. Croix abused island's timber supply
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Language: English
Creator: Davis, Olasee
Publication Date: August 23, 1996
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300919
Volume ID: VID00115
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
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Danish settlers on St. Croix

abused island's timber supply

S1733, the Royal Danish West
India and Guinea Company pur-
chased St Coin from Piance
What was the reaso bhid the
purchase of S Coix? I can sure
you, her was no gold on the island
to bring Denmark to the Virgin
In fact. the Indian, Spanish,
Dutch English and Prench had
already habited the island. In the
1600s, tobacco and sair planta-
tions were set up to support the
colony. Slaves from Afdica were
aelo imporsd to wor with French
"boodms" in the tobacco and s.g-
Thee agricultural crops were
exported to France. During this
time, Ihe French plaotaioo on St
Croix began to da rioralc sad the
natural succession of the forest
began to reclaim the cultivated
fields. The Pheach abandoned the


islndin d1
At this time, cololsts from the
Birish Virgin Islands found lCoi
stands of dmber an SL Qoix aoae-

L the tc Bitis. tI Danes were
lsrancd toSi. ix by the fort.
There were an abundance of
large ureM s d for comisoctico of
everything from houes, to ships
and mchinery for sugar prodec-
o open ld of SL Croi was
covered with forest to the south
pFids; the mounains to the north


were covered with a dense rain for-
est Wilh this uninlteepted grow
of hardwood forest, the Danish
West India and Guinea Company
approached the French and con-
vinced them to sell SL Croix.
While sugarcane production
became the majoi economy of the
new Danish colony, St. Croix's
forests were the initial economic
In a note dated 1739, Rcimetl
Haageuseu slated, "Te nmonot of
valuable timber and me trees tha
were destroyed by fire and by the
as whhen th Dnes initially tarted
to develop the island is unbecllv-
able. At dtal times, therewasgreat
deal of frestnd little lse."
Thisdesciption of St. Croix for
est ecvlronsent enables us to
understand bow the ecology of tbe
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the bw. BSt me, m. y pa P lc btdogs, no steaoship prperlk
gordhovw nig tby etmiagS to
to foreign cot.ies. Many pt- Medioduly, ti ricsio fia Kh
crassp of fonl land cantd up to Se was used foi hearing ve- 1al
10 paent i o 150 pecet of thir itasoe, it l oet weoe M d tin
inveogtoetsoftdeland. to tal diabetes nd high blood
MeoyofS.Cr-oiswoodowe plareauri d is btAs ws uteed Io
dosd i the contmmo of bss. fth pobso. Today, q bcsc l ir ale
winodmls and those tilb. Woods ra in te wild a St. Croix nd
osuc as tsobogany, fastick, and oanidatdaM udator d spcie.
wod wee usled build a- A hdr eood vaed fo it se-
c0i, ri5iog dets, cbs, dsaOwes tisIhss was the dogwood. The
aodBadws wood Ifro this 0tee was r d to
Pockwood tee, which is also Ccot fish flo. g the t aim- beds,
known lisgom-vile, was elso oa Pap dsta~" seors
usedalto lectssh bleks, aeoiest desoibd the -ootds

Cornued torm pae 24
isln]thasdoedic .t&elto t17
It was thi bhed ood of St.
Cotx em oe khetod badild D.e
mark and otw Elatopian co is
Bece of do bih value of wood
fro St. Croi, Ihe fo1tos was
caused loalmoetaicodtn
ThI Dauisb oeanmea isuod
a oldes to s tbe forit, bu it
as of lill ue h, ause ople
asi foa ways ofl gei aouad

filing proprti "Slavh go inlo
dt fo tn o cut de balk odff e mnia
uoe, called 'dogpod' nm glish.
ltey cout as eucb of tehisbak a
dhcy can an hoe, wbta ltS y p.
ilinasc.iheatheypolatiatob K
ii ft mClqa whfto ir

a iby ga
Fro0 thia ati0 1 fCgSnc. o 0
ue speds imo hl war, la mige
a dcct effct on alltk flauh -aby
hlrgc ad sma able, causing thm

1nirisa thltn h o at ohbe-sftac
of toi to IIt she slavt caa

then h.* U.ton, hc
Aftc thb Daniih colonists ud
rnped te nmmld KNnccs from Ithe
land, Uiv aocd St. Ooit unpr
Now inul ask. wian iour
mianto ibt Vki g i sn ? Ihd
g.od,or bt a goo stoid of
he had?
O1e. d' ,s wholds i
I d-O w poo. ovyoP
aegment andfords~ l foeo: tf
St Crorx ecomogrt, tcti'sI and

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