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Skytsborg (Blackbeard's Castle)

Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
County of St. Thomas.
No. 38 Dronningens Gade, King's Quarter
National Register Number: 91001844
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Defense - fortification.
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: The tower now contains a gift shop and hotel rooms..

Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 12, 1994):
Skytsborg, or Blackbeard's Castle, is a rubble masonry tower constructed in 1679 by the Danish colonial government as part of a network of defensive fortifications to protect St. Thomas. It is the best remaining example of 17th-entury Danish colonial military architecture in the United States, and is the only unmodified 17th-century fortified tower in the Caribbean.


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