When I was touring some of my favorite Caribbean Islands this year, one thing that stood out for me was its deep rooted history of pirates. After all, many of these Islands are surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, an international trade center and port calls. One Island in particular, St. Thomas, US Virgin Island, seems to host one of the most notorious pirates in recorded history, Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch, who inspired the creation of Johnny Depp's character, in Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Romanticized stories of piracy on St. Thomas are common; stories of Blackbeard and Bluebeard pirates are the most well known.
Blackbeard knew how to inspire fear: in battles, he would put smoking fuses in his long black hair and beard.
most of these sculptures and likeness of pirates are located @ the Blackbeard's Castle, which is also a rum distiller open to visitors.
St. Thomas is such a tiny, yet beautiful Island with warm and welcoming natives.
My friend and I came across this majestic looking tree and I had to take a picture!
I have to say thou, despite the fun time I had exploring St, Thomas history of pirates, what captured my interest the most was coming across the 3 Queens of the Virgin Island: Queen Mary, Queen Agnes and Queen Matilda. The story goes that in 1878 these brave former slaves on St. Croix led an insurrection against the Danish Government, demanding improved working and living conditions. During the protest, a large portion of Frederiksted (capital city of St. Thomas, constructed to protect the town from pirate raids and attacks) was destroyed by fire. This revolt is known as “Fire-burn” and subsequent legend narrates that all three ladies were bestowed with the title: 'The Three Queens of the Virgin Islands'.