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Visit the historic sites of the Caribbean

On your next cheap all inclusive Caribbean vacation, make sure to visit some of the most famous historic site from the Caribbean. Caribbean History reads like a movie – brutal conquests, deadly plagues, bloodthirsty pirates, epic sea battles, slave revolts, and violent revolutions. From the 16th century until the early 19th century, the Antilles witnessed bitter wars between European powers for territory. Having exterminated the Native tribes, the Europeans established vast sugar cane plantations and imported African slaves to work the fields under harsh conditions. The Caribbean as we know it today is a result of this turbulent past, and history buffs will love the numerous museums and historic sites.


Christiansted, United States Virgin Islands This historic town is located on a bay about midway along the north shore of St. Croix, one of the main islands composing the US Virgin Islands, and during the 18th and 19th century, served as an economic center. Sugar, rum, and molasses were traded here. Today the 2½ century of Danish influence on the city’s architecture are clearly visible, and many of the buildings date from the 18th century. For more information, visit www.usvitourism.vi.

Fort Christiansvaern in Christiansted U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix

Fort Christiansvaern in Christiansted on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix

picture : St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Kurá Hulanda Museum, Curaçao Housed in a restored 18th-century village, the Dura Hulanda Museum is one of the most fascinating and largest museums in the Caribbean. An exhibit reveals in dramatic form the dark history of slavery, with real and recreated slave quarters and a gut-wrenching replica of a slave-ship hold. The museum also contains artefacts from West African empires, examples of pre-Columbian gold, and Antillean art.

Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua One of the major historic sites of the eastern Caribbean, Nelson’s Dockyard National Park is the only Georgian naval base still in use, a perfect place for history buffs and nautical nuts alike. The dockyard was used by English ships as a refuge from hurricanes, and as a headquarter for privateers, pirates, and marine commanders, including Admiral Nelson. You can learn more about the history of the site at the Dockyard Museum, which contains ship models, mock-ups of English Harbour, displays on the people who worked there and typical ships that docked, silver regatta trophies, maps, prints, antique navigational instrments, and Nelson’s very own telescope and tea caddy.

Rose Hall and the Appleton Estate, Jamaica Built in the 1700s by John Palmer, this famous home plantation may well have been the greatest of greathouses in the West Indies. Today it’s notorious less for its architecture than for the legend surrounding the wife of the builder’s grandnephew, “Infamous Annie” Palmer. As the story goes, Annie learned voodoo from a Haitian sorcerer and took slaves as lovers, killing them in their sleep when they bored her. She was eventually murdered herself, and Jamaican claim that her greathouse is haunted.

Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial, Dominican Republic Tourism in the Dominican Republic is blooming. The first Spanish settlement in the New World, the Zonal Colonial was listed as a World Heritage site in 1990 by UNESCO. The “city of firsts” boast the first cathedral, monastery, university, customs house and hospital in the Americas. As you follow the 12 blocks of historical streets, you can easily picture the old city as it was when the first European settlers arrived here. There is plenty to keep history buffs here, including museums, forts and historical buildings dating back to the time of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in 1492.

So, on your next cheap all-inclusive Caribbean vacation, book a tour and learn about the history of the Caribbean.

By Michael Young.

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