Christiansted, VI

This post office in the U.S. Virgin Islands was originally a customs house where merchants paid taxes on arriving cargoes. Christiansted was then the capital of the Dutch West Indies (1755-1871) and did a brisk trade in rum, molasses and what was euphemistically called “human cargo.”

The design of the building reflects European style – the sweeping staircase – and the necessities of island living – hurricane shutters. Today, the building is known again as The Old Danish Customs House, and is part of the historic waterfront, run by the United States National Park Service.

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