Here is a small part of the history of St. John, to better understand the nature of the islands...
On November 23, 1733 slaves carrying bundles of wood were let into the fort at Coral Bay. Concealed in the wood were cane knives, which the rebels used to kill the half-asleep and surprised soldiers who were guarding the fort. One soldier, John Gabriel, escaped by hiding under his bed and running away when he had a chance. He was able to get to St. Thomas in a small boat and tell the story to Danish officials there. The rebels raised the flag and fired three cannon shots. This was the signal for slaves on the plantations to kill their masters and take control of the island.
The rebels proceeded to kill many of the whites in the Coral Bay area. The insurgents gained in number as they progressed from plantation to plantation. Some whites were spared, notably the company's doctor, Cornelius Bödger, because of the good relationship he had with the Africans in treating their medical needs. Also spared were Dr. Bödger's two stepsons. They were saved from death out of respect for the surgeon, and also to be made into servants for the new rebel leaders.
The stated aim of the rebels was to make St. John an Akwamu ruled state, governed under the Akwamu system. Africans of other tribal origins were to serve as slaves in the production of sugar and other crops.
But then history has other plans for this wonderful island...
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I made a short video of our first trip to the Caribbean!
Hope you like this:
JUMPING FAMILY IN ST THOMAS AND ST JOHN!
St. John does not have to be expensive. You can find a small room to rent, or camp at the campground. Food is expensive in the grocery stores, but if you plan well and have a place to cook, you will be ok.
Getting around the island is easy, you can hitchhike to north shore beaches, or take the bus from one end to the other.
I live on St. John most of the year, in Fishbay on the south side of the island. Email me directly if you want more info.
Favorite thing: St. John is about 3/4 national park so it is mostly undeveloped. Even in Cruz Bay, the main town, things are understated and laid-back. A horse got loose when we were hanging around waiting for the ferry to take us back to St. Thomas. It was a brown and white paint and he was just munching grass over by the gazebo while his owner called and cajoled him. Anyway, we enjoyed the whole scene and my dad commented that any place where horses and chickens run around even in the main town is his kind of place. We didn't see any of the famous wild donkeys, though, which was a little disappointing. Next time...