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Christiansted in St Croix, Virgin Islands — The Caribbean (The West Indies)
 

Native American Village and Ceremonial Site

Columbus Landing Site

 

—National Historic Landmark —

 
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By Don Morfe, January 31, 2012
1. Native American Village and Ceremonial Site Marker
Inscription. This site marks the only point on the United States Territory where members of the crew of Christopher Columbus came ashore on his second voyage to the New World in November 1493. It also relates to the first recorded altercation between Europeans and the native people of the western hemisphere, at a point on the other side of the bay, known as “Cape of Arrows”. The site on which you stand was a Native American village and ceremonial site, and includes the site of the only known ball court (or batey) in the lesser Antilles. Later after the demise of the native population on St. Croix, an earthen fort was erected, the remains of which can be seen, and was successfully occupied by European powers, including the English (1641-1645-50), Dutch (1642-1645, and French (1650-51) (1665-1733). In 1788 a Danish Customs House was built nearby to thwart smuggling, and during the 1920’s. Danish archaeologists carried out extensive excavations on the prehistoric village site. Department of Natural Resources Virgin Islands State Historic Preservation Office
 
Location. 17° 46.728′ N, 64° 45.534′ W. Marker is in Christiansted, Virgin Islands, in St Croix. Marker is on Virgin Islands Route 80. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Christiansted VI 00820, United States of America.
 
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By Don Morfe, January 30, 2012
2. Native American Village and Ceremonial Site Marker
The GPS Coordinates are 17.7789N 64.7593W
At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Jacob Lindberg House (approx. 4.2 miles away); Christiansted Wharf (approx. 4.2 miles away); 12 King Street (approx. 4.2 miles away); Danish Customs House (approx. 4.3 miles away); Fort Christiansvaern (approx. 4.3 miles away); Steeple Building (approx. 4.3 miles away); Fort Frederik (approx. 9.3 miles away); Oscar E. Henry Customs House (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Christiansted.
 
Additional keywords. This marker is on the Salt River National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve.
 
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By Don Morfe, January 31, 2012
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By Don Morfe, January 30, 2012
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By Don Morfe, January 31, 2012
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By Don Morfe, January 31, 2012
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 678 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 2, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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