Danish West Indies Lifestyles

Social Media Marketing | By: Julio Encarnacion | August 16, 2017
Plantation Lifestyle

For example, a report from the North Star plantation on St. Croix tells about the week of September 13-19 in 1830. There were 65 enslaved laborers on the plantation, of which 3-5 were absent from work for sickness, and one was loaned out for road work on the Morning Star plantation, which lay approximately 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) away. Eighteen horses and mules were available as beasts of burden. Work was done at this time of the year on clearing the fields of weeds and preparing them for planting sugar cane cuttings. On Monday the enslaved were provided the week’s ration of corn (maize) meal and herring for their own households. The physician routinely visited the location the same day. On Friday the enslaved laborer Martin reported for work without his pickax, so he was punished with 24 blows with a cudgel and put in the plantation’s lockup for four days. Sunday was a day of rest, when the cattle were simply led to be watered at the sea.

The report also relates that North Star had a stock of pickaxes, meal, herring, sugar and rum. The diseases among the enslaved included leprosy, fever, stomach ache, and toothache – which was cured by pulling out the tooth.

  • Julio
    August 16 2017

    Who is interested on how the Danes and the locals lived on the island of St. Croix?

  • Marcy Heistand
    August 16 2017

    I've always been fascinated by the lifestyles that preceded us. The connection is so evident in my day to day life on St. Croix, in the way we speak, the architecture, the tradition. I feel an almost tangible need to learn, to know, to understand how life then has shaped life now.

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