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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

C is for Coral Bay

For this, my fourth year doing the challenge, I've decided to share place names from the Virgin Islands. For such a small spot in the ocean, it seems like every rock, cove, hill and house has been christened. The names are a unique mix of Spanish, Danish, French, Dutch, English, and African to name a few.

Coral Bay, St. John
When the Danes first came St. John in 1717, they settled here because the natural harbor is deep and protected. It was also in here, in the pre-dawn light of November 23rd, 1733, that a carefully planned slave revolt began. The slaves held the island for six months before the Danes had to call in the French to subdue them. Rather than surrender, many of the slaves committed suicide.
 To the left, in this picture you can see Hurricane Hole. To the far right, East End. In the hazy distance are the British islands of Norman, Peter, and Virgin Gorda.
(Please excuse the ink marks on the picture.)

Other C Names:
Camelberg Peak, St. John
Calabash Boom, St. John
Caneel Bay, St. John - where my father worked as the maintenance manager for several years
Carolina, St. John
Congo Cay - where there are some Taino Indian petroglyphs.
Contant, St. Thomas
Calabash Boom, St. John
Calabash Boom

Cinnamon Bay, St. John
Home of the St. John National Park Camp Ground. The building on the beach is an old Danish warehouse.

The windmill at Catherineberg, St. John

 Carvel Rock - The family headstone.

 Cruz Bay, St. John

Cowpet Bay, St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie, capital of the Virgin Islands, established in 1666.
Originally called Taphaus, meaning beer house, it was renamed in 1691 after the queen of Denmark.


  1. Truly stunning! I'm so envious. You have to admire those slaves in their revolt. One of the worst institutions ever created by mankind.

  2. These are definitely some highlights.

  3. I notice a lot of stone work in the buildings and paths, etc. Must be local rock.
    Cape Calabash..... Maybe you are too young, but Jimmy Durante always ended his TV program with"Good night Mrs. Calabash, where ever you are."

  4. Okay. Now you've done. I'm searching for my bikini (er, maybe not) and my suitcase and my passport. These posts are killing me and my itchy travel feet are about to drive me nuts!


  5. great pictures! I'd love to visit there someday. It looks so beautiful

  6. So beautiful and lush. I want to visit!

  7. Great panorama!
    Wow, they killed themselves rather than surrendering. That's a sad loss of life.

  8. It looks absolutely gorgeous! Though that's a sad history.

  9. St. Thomas and St. John are on my bucket list. Hope it's not too long before I get there.

  10. Thanks for sharing.

    When I first read the title, I thought it said Coral Boy. ;)


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