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Caribbean Genealogy Library
The Caribbean Genealogy Library presents “The Evacuation of the Sainte Croix Colony to Saint Domingue, 1696”
On March 8th, 2014 at 2pm the Caribbean Genealogy Library will host a lecture by Dr. Aimery Caron on the period of St. Croix’s history during which it was under the flag of France. Specifically Dr. Caron will describe the evacuation of the Sainte Croix colony in 1696.
Dr. Caron explains, “During the War of the League of Augsburg, 1688–1697, and after the loss of Saint Christophe in 1690, Louis XIV decided to evacuate the Sainte Croix colony to northern Saint Domingue, which was in need of settlers after two devastating Hispano-English raids in 1692 and 1695.”
During this period of conflicts when France was at war against most of the European powers, France had decided that Sainte Croix had become geographically isolated and militarily indefensible. In addition the island was stagnating demographically and economically. Because of this on May 4, 1695, definite plans were announced for the evacuation of the Sainte Croix colony.
“Orders were given that all 460 Crucian habitants and their 716 slaves were to embark their belongings”, said Dr. Caron. The habitants were to also burn their dwellings and pull down the Fort Saint Jean (Fort Louise Augusta).
On January 25, 1696, 46 years of French presence on Sainte Croix was permanently ended. Seventy-two Crucians and 36 Crucian family names have been traced in Saint Domingue. What was the fate of the Crucian habitants after they were taken to Saint Domingue? Did they receive fertile tracts of land as promised? Did they become freebooters, notorious privateers, planters? Come hear the story and learn about the families at this Caribbean Genealogy Library lecture. The lecture starts at 2pm on March 8th, 2014.
The Caribbean Genealogy Library is located in Al Cohen’s Plaza (Raphune Hill), next to Mango Tango Art Gallery. For more information on this event, or the Caribbean Genealogy Library, call (340) 714-2136, or email email@example.com.
St. John Historical Society
The St. John Historical Society would like to invite the St. John community to celebrate its 40th anniversary at a party at the Battery on Tuesday, March 11, at 5 p.m. The event will feature catered food and drinks and a slideshow of St. John and Historical Society images. A video entitled “Flight to Freedom: Hans Jonathan,” which follows the quest of a modern-day Icelandic family to discover the true story of their enslaved Crucian ancestor, will be shown, along with a presentation by V.I. historian and SJHS board member George Tyson. All are welcome to attend. Non-members are asked to consider making a donation at the party.
St. John School of the Arts
St. John School of the Arts presents: Trio Arbos
St. John Historical Society
Join the SJHS on Saturday, March 15, for a hike of the Johnny Horn Trail to Leinster Bay, where hikers will hear the history of the area as interpreted by V.I. historian David Knight, local botanist Eleanor Gibney, and retired VINP Chief of Resource Management Rafe Boulon. Hikers should meet at 9 a.m. at the Emmaus Moravian Church and bring water, snack, hat, and sunscreen. This hike is considered moderately difficult. Transportation will be provided from the church to the head of the trail, and a safari taxi will take people back to their vehicles in Coral Bay from Annaberg for a fee.
Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim
You’ve done it before and now is the time to get ready for the 11th Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim. The Friends of VI National Park is pleased to announce that the swim will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 in the crystal clear waters along the spectacular north shore of St. John, US Virgin Islands.... more information
April 5: Calypso Elimination Tent, 8 p.m., Location TBA.
April 13: Prince and Princess Selection Show, 5 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.
April 19: Queen Selection Show, 8 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.
April 20: Toddlers Derby-Best-Dressed Doll, 5 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.
April 19: Traditional Games, 7 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.
April 21: Carnival at Schneider Hospital, 6 p.m., Hospital lobby.
April 22: Junior Calypso Competition, 8 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.
April 23: Cultural Night-King and Queen of the Band, 8 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.
April 24: Calypso Competition, 8 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.
April 25: Opening of Carnival Village, 6 p.m., Fort Christian parking lot.
April 26: Calypso Revue, 8 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.
April 27: Water Sports, 10 a.m., St. Thomas Waterfront.
April 27: Steelband Jamboree, 5 p.m., Lionel Roberts Stadium.
April 29: Pre-teen Tramp, 6 p.m., Market Square to Children's Village.