Top 10 recommended books for anyone interested in learning more about the history of slavery in the former Danish West Indies (Virgin Islands).

Author: C. G. A.Oldendorp

History of the Mission of the Evangelical Brethren on the Caribbean Islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John. 1987[1770] Translated by A. R. Highfield and V. Barac, Karoma Publishers Inc., Ann Arbor.


Editors: George F. Tyson and Arnold R. Highfield

The Kamina Folk: Slavery and Slave Life in the Danish West Indies. 1994 Virgin Islands Humanities Council: USVI.


Editor: George F. Tyson

Bondmen and Freedmen in the Danish West Indies: Scholarly Perspectives. 1996 Virgin Island Humanities Council: USVI.


Author: Douglas Armstrong

Creole Transformation from Slavery to Freedom:  Historical Archaeology of the East End Community, St. John, Virgin Islands. 2003 University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Author: Waldemar Christian Westergaard

The Danish West Indies under Company Rule (1671–1754) with a Supplementary Chapter, 1755–1917. 1917 Macmillan Company, New York.


Author: Neville A. T. Hall

Slave Society in the Danish West Indies: St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. Edited by B.W. Higman. 1992 University of the West Indies Press, Jamaica.


Edited by Barry Higman, this revealing study of slavery in the Dutch West Indies broadens our understanding of Caribbean colonialism.


Author: William W. Boyer

America’s Virgin Islands: A History of Human Rights and Wrongs. 1983 Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina.


Author: Eddie Donoghue

Negro Slavery: Slave Society and Slave Life in the Danish West Indies. 2007 AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Indiana.


Authors: Isaac Dookhan and Richard B. Sheridan

A History of the Virgin Islands of the United States. 1994 Canoe Press.


Author: Niklas T. Jensen

For The Health Of The Enslaved: Slaves, Medicine And Power In The Danish West Indies, 1803-1848. 2012 Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Check out these great online resources as well for more information. (this site contains all the records on the Danish West India Company and the page is in Danish but using the translate page tool this page is easily accessible)


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