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1891 St Thomas History US Cession Charlotte Amalie Purchase


1891 St Thomas History US Cession Charlotte Amalie Purchase

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1891 Shall We Buy St Thomas History US Cession Charlotte Amalie

Documented history of St Thomas,  Shall We Buy St. Thomas, discusses the possibility of dealing with Denmark for its cession.  Nice history of St.Thomas, photos from 1891, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas Harbor.

This historic 123+ year old ORIGINAL vintage article was carefully removed from the Illustrated American Magazine, published in 1891.  It contains 2 pages with 4 beautiful illustrations / engravings.  Page size is 9 x12?.  (00068)

Vintage illustrations include:   

  • View of the harbor with ships in 1891
  • Bluebeard?s Castle
  • Bluebeard?s Castle ( back view )
  • Palm grove in the interior of the Island

Condition:  Good Condition with some light toning to the pages due to age

Excerpt from the article:

ONCE more it is rumored that the United States Government, having failed to secure a coaling station on the Island of Hayti, is treating with Denmark for the cession of St. Thomas.

This island occupies a most important geographical position, and, should Mr. Blaine's reciprocity treaties with the South American republics turn out successes, would prove of great value to this country. It lies right in the track of vessels hound from the United States to South America. The harbor is one of the best in the West Indies, easy of access, capacious, and with sufficient depth of water for ships of any class. Its natural facilities for fortification are such that it could easily he made as impregnable as Gibraltar. From a military and naval point of view, as a rendezvous for our fleets and a depot for coal and supplies, its importance can hardly be over-estimated.

All these advantages the sagacious mind of the late William H. Seward saw, and in 1866-67 he endeavored to purchase it from Denmark for this country. He was supported in his view of its importance by Admiral David D. Porter, who wrote of it :

St. Thomas is a small Gibraltar of itself, and could only be attacked by a naval force. 'There would he no possibility of landing troops there, as the island is surrounded by reefs and breakers, and every point near which a vessel or boat could approach is a natural fortification and only requires guns, with little labor expended on fortified works. . . . There is no harbor in the West Indies better fitted than St. Thomas for a naval station. Its harbor and that of San Juan and the harbors formed by Walter Island would contain all the vessels of the largest navy in the world, where they would be protected at all times from the bad weather, and hence secure from an enemy. . . .

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