Frederiksted is a small historic town on the west end of St. Croix, the largest of the United States Virgin Islands.
It is home to Fort Frederik, a historic landmark, constructed in the 1750's to protect the town from pirates. The fort is located on the waterfront at the northern edge of town. It is here that Danish Governor Peter Von Scholten proclaimed the emancipation of slaves on July 3, 1848. Locals often refer to Frederiksted as the "Freedom City". Fort Frederik had been in continuous use for military and government purposes and now stands as a civic hall and museum.
Frederiksted was destroyed by a massive fire in 1878 and was restored during the Victorian era, as reflected in the town's architecture. Beautiful in every way, a walk through town reveals the many historic buildings, some dilapidated and others restored to their full glory. Along the way you will also find historic churches and other ruins.
Modern Frederiksted operates at a much slower pace than Christiansted, except when cruise ships dock in Frederiksted'`s deepwater port. Frederiksted is home to one of the deepest ports in the Caribbean. It is the main port for cruise ships visiting the island. The 2000 census population of the town was 732, and that of the larger sub-district was 3,767. For comparison, the 2000 Census for the whole island was about 51,000. These numbers attest to the quiet nature of Frederiksted.
Frederiksted is also home to some of the best beaches in all of St. Croix along with the best sunsets. It is often said that "West is Best"
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