Frenchtown, St. Thomas

Frenchtown Card Game, St. Thomas VI
Photo by Jack Delano 1941
General Store
Photo by Jack Delano 1941

Frenchtown, St. Thomas
During the 17th and 18th century, religious intolerance in France led to a horrible epoch of persecution for French Protestants, know as Huguenots. Their churches, homes, bibles and hymn books were burned and their children were taken away to be brought up by Catholic nuns. Thousands were burned at the stake, tortured, sent to sea to serve as galley slaves or condemned to prisons where chances of survival were slim.

An estimated 250,000 Huguenots lost their lives, while another 250,000 were able to leave France and settle elsewhere. One of these havens was the French West Indian Island of St. Bartholomew, better known as St. Barts.

A rocky and infertile landscape and lack of other economic opportunities led many of the descendants of the original refugees to emigrate to St. Thomas where they established two diverse communities, one alongside the harbor just south of downtown Charlotte Amalie that became known as Frenchtown and the other on the hills and valleys on the north side of the island.

French Village, a small settlement on St. Thomas Island, Virgin Islands. Fishermem bailing their boats after the day's catch.Delano, Jack, photographer. CREATED/PUBLISHED 1941 Dec.
Photo by Jack Delano 1941

The people of Frenchtown often turned to the sea for sustenance. The small village is famous for its fishing industry as well as for its fine restaurants. The Northside community, centered in Dorothea, Mandahl and Hull Bay, combines fishing with agriculture as a way of life.
(From the book, “St. Thomas,” by Gerald Singer)

St. John Weather

High Surf Advisory
Overcast with a chance of rain.
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Chance of rain 20%.
Sunrise: 6:54 AM AST – Sunset: 6:04 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor) 82 degrees F

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Three Neighborhoods to Receive First Street Names, Addresses
By Source Staff — January 15, 2013

Three V.I. communities – one each on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix – have been selected to be the first in the territory to get actual street names and standard addresses this year, according to a news release from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor…. read more

St. John Visitor Dies at Leinster Bay
By Lynda Lohr — January 15, 2013

A V.I. National Park Service official on Tuesday identified Steve Rock, 60, of Enola, Penn., as the visitor who died Sunday near Waterlemon Cay at Leinster Bay on St. John.

“He was snorkeling alone,” according to Acting Superintendent Mike Anderson…. read more

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