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Fort Frederik, Frederiksted

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Witness a vital mid-18th century defense at Fort Frederik. The bright red fort was built in 1752 to ward off frequent pirate attacks. Today visitors can step inside to learn about St. Croix's local history and find art, photos, and information about the fort. Head to the courtyard, which features cannons facing the water, and take in views over the Caribbean Sea. Plan your visit to Fort Frederik and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our St. Croix tour planner.
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  • We couldn't go inside, but we've been in it several years ago. We did walk around the old cannons and imagined what it was like to look out to sea as enemy war ships came over the horizon. Neat place ...  more »
  • You get a good sense of the difference between the two ends of the island by visitng the Fort. Frederiksted ahs a very different feel than Christiansted - one that we really liked.  more »
  • U.S. National Historic Landmark, built from 1752 to 1760 and right next to Cruise Pier, so that's why easy to visit. Emancipation Park and Clock Tower on front, like some souvenir stalls too. To be ho...  more »
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  • Fort Frederik (1752 - 1920), Frederiksted, St. Croix Fort Frederik was constructed in the mid-18th century by the Danish government to protect its interests in the Caribbean and to defend the western end of Saint Croix against incursion from other European powers and from pirate raids and attacks from rival imperialist nations. It was named after Frederick V of Denmark, who purchased the Danish West Indies in 1754. Originally here was located British Fort St. James (1640's). Briefly taken by the Spanish in 1650, then controlled by the French. The present fort was completed in 1760. It was built primarily to prevent smuggling along the island's western shore. This fort claims to have given the first foreign salute to the U.S. flag in 1776. Here in July 1848 was proclaimed by the Danish governor the emancipation of all slaves in the Danish West Indies. U.S. Marines garrisoned the fort in 1917 as part of the Frederiksted Marine Barracks. The Marines transferred to Fort Christian in 1920. The fort was later used for local government offices until 1973. Opened as a historic site in 1976. Restored to the 1840's period. Admission fee.
  • Fort Frederik, the large rust-colored building next to the pier was built to ward off pirates in 1760 and is a National Historic Landmark. Inside, there's an art gallery and museum. It's an excellent place to visit and learn about the importance of the U.S.V.I. in world history. It was from this fort that Danish Governor Peter Von Scholten emancipated the slaves on July 3, 1848. There is a small admission charge.
  • Very historical and interesting. Went there for Rum Festival, and saw some great attractions, including Kiki and the flaming gypsies.
  • A beautiful but worn fort from the Danish colonial era.
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