Literature and archival records for the history of the U. S. Virgin Islands, i.e. the former Danish West Indies, 1671-1917, are discussed in a new website, constructed by the Danish National Archives where most of the records are to be found. The records are exceptionally comprehensive and their research potential is enormously rich, as the Danes have been meticulous in documenting almost everything that happened in the colony, as well as in preserving the records. The Danish archival sources are therefore unique historical resources today. The website is both in English and Danish. It includes general introductions to the history of the colony; an exhibition of interesting records; a bibliographical essay on the relevant literature; and a thorough guide to the vast Danish West Indian material in Denmark, including detailed catalogues of the most important record groups. Most of the contents of the website are also published as a book, that can be ordered from the website. Erik Goebel is a historian and Senior Researcher at the Danish National Archives. He has published a considerable number of books and articles on the history of the former Danish colonies.
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