- Posted February 20, 2013 by
St. Croix, Virgin Islands (USA)
US Virgin Islands: Heritage Remembered on St. Croix
US Virgin Islanders on the Island of St. Croix embrace their heritage at the US Virgin Island's largest annual cultural event. The event attracts people from throughout the Caribbean, as well as the mainland US, as many Americans can trace their heritage to the US Virgin Islands.
The small island of St. Croix was once one of the largest sugar cane producers in the world and was the centre of activity in the once Danish West Indies. In 1848, when still under Danish rule, St. Croix slaves revolted and won emancipation (19 years before Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in the Unites States). Emancipation Day is now celebrated on July 3 every year.
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