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Julian & Anne Whitlock
Wed 17 Mar 2010 10:33
11 -13th March  St Croix, USVI
A superb,fast, easy sail took us down to the last (and largest) US Virgin Island: St Croix.
The capital, Christiansted still has immense charm with its preserved Danish colonial buildings, and a long
boardwalk along the bay which is protected by complex reefs. 
In a day spent touring the island we went to Salt River Bay, where Columbus had his first encounter with the
Taino Indians in 1493. It is still remembered as the first armed (one fatality on each side) resistance by natives
to European encroachment in the Americas and as such has become a National Park.
The island also boasts Point Utall - the most easterly point of the USA - and several preserved plantation houses
from the time when "sugar was king" and the island economy boomed.
   Scale house on the waterfront where all exports were              The Danish fort protected against sea invasion, when the
   were weighed and therefore taxed!                                                English appeared by land side they surrendered promptly
  Christiansted's architecture is designed for tropical heat,and downpours, with covered walkways
  and cool internal courtyards.
  The Botanical gardens set in the ruins of an old       Aspiring majorettes arrive for the St Patrick's Day
  plantation had many plants we'd not seen before    parade-no Irish forbears,but an excuse to party...