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U.S. Virgin Islands Capital Should Have a Flag

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          Charlotte Amalie, located on the island of St. Thomas, is the capital of the United States Virgin Islands. It was founded in 1666 as Taphus (meaning “beer house” or “beer hall”). The city is named after Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel (1650–1714), queen consort to King Christian V of Denmark-Norway. Its deep-water harbor was once a haven for pirates in past centuries. Then Charlotte Amalie became one of the busiest cruise ship ports in the Caribbean.

The city is known for its Danish architecture, building structure and history, and a dozen streets and places throughout the city have Danish names. Downtown on Main Street is home to many retail outlets making St. Thomas a free duty shopping destination.

I think Charlotte Amalie, the capital, should have a flag in its historic district. The flag features a vertical triband with red outer bands, a single white band in the middle and Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel (Queen of Denmark) with her monogram.

Leonard Smith, St. Thomas

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    • The actual name is of the city and name of the danish Queen was Charlotte Amalia. There was a typo on the world map when we were bought by America hence we got stuck with Charlotte Amalie. As it relates to the flag I don’t think this suggestion is a necessary one. But if you must insist maybe the flag should show the slaves who actually build all those Danish buildings and or maybe the revolt that the slaves had to free themselves from under the cruelty of danis rule. Or better yet why don’t we just change the name of the Capitol instead of the name of a queen of a county who under their rule RAPED, killed, mamed and toutued the ancestors of the majority of the residents of the people of the Virgin Islands. Hey we can all have ideas…