Of the many colonial outposts in the 19th-century Caribbean, the Danish West Indies
was perhaps one of the most obscure, occupying as it did only a small handful of islands east of Puerto Rico that were ultimately ceded to American hegemony, becoming the US Virgin Islands.
13) It is, however, commonly thought that at least 40 to 50 % of enslaved Africans perished in almost every slave ship that left Africa bound to the Danish West Indies.
The arrival of Africans brought about a profound demographic and sociological change in the Danish West Indies.
Revenues from these new undertakings created a secure market for sugar and subsequently an economically stable Danish West Indies.
Held together by networks of white and black evangelicals, this revival of religion encompassed a western Atlantic littoral spiritual community which included low-country South Carolina and Georgia, parts of coastal North Carolina, the British and Danish West Indies, and many of the people of African descent who lived there.
Denmark Vesey was born or had at least spent his early years in the Danish West Indies, which since 1732 had been home to a large and flourishing Afro-Moravian mission.
John in the Danish West Indies, a group of enslaved Africans rebelled and gained control of much of the island for nearly a year in 1733 and 1734.
Johnian East Enders enjoyed the formal sanctions of freedom while the majority of persons of African descent in the Danish West Indies were enslaved.
An estimated 53,000 Africans were brought through the infamous African slave trade to the Danish West Indies
Into the light: the enigmatic history of Water Island in the Danish West Indies
The images and the inscription are the same as those found on a medal commissioned in commemoration of the abolition of the slave trade to the Danish West Indies in 1791.
Medal commemorating the abolition of the slave trade to the Danish West Indies, designed by Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard and engraved by Pietro Gianelli, 1792 (illustrated in Honour 4.