Tuesday, July 3, 2012

On July 3

On this day in ...
... 1848, slavery was abolished what was then known as the Danish West Indies (map credit), on which were found sugar, tobacco, and cotton plantations. Slaves had rebelled in that part of the Caribbean in 1733, holding the island of St. John for half a year "until French troops arrived from Martinique to put down the rebellion." Today the territory composes the U.S. Virgin Islands, the United States having bought them from Denmark in 1917, during World War I, "out of fear of German expansion and a potential naval base: there. Having been granted U.S. citizenship in 1927, Virgin Islanders 1st were permitted to elect a nonvoting member of the U.S. Congress in 1972.

(Prior July 3 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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