Every day as I drive by what was once the Sunday Market in Christiansted, St. Croix Danish West Indies. I can’t help but think about my female ancestors in the Market hustling or huckstering during the early part of the 19th Century. The Market was an enhancement to the town it was the place where social interaction among the Slaves from various estates would meet, a place to barter, purchase and sell your product. I can only imagine what a vibrant place with a variety of vegetables, provisions, fruits and fish being sold. This was the place the ladies dominated proudly and established their family/friend network. Today Market Street (as shown) has new meaning. It is known as Time Square.
Estate Little Princess a Classic Sugar Estate
My 4th GG mother Sarah Beaudhuy was born in St. Croix Danish West Indies. She is the mulatto daughter of a slave. Sarah lived between Betsey Jewel and Little Princess Plantation owned by Anthony Beaudhuy. Sarah most likely worked between the Cane fields and the Sugar Factory. . As elsewhere in the Caribbean they were given insufficient sustenance and driven to the limits of their endurance
Ruins of the Little Princess Sugar Plantation, St. Croix
On this journey I was able to visit the Ruins of the Estate Little Princess; where my ancestors worked alongside other enslaved people. I came away from the area thinking about their struggle, anxieties and fears. In spite of unfavorable circumstances throughout the eighteenth century, I have recognized the value and importance of renewing and healing wounds which makes my Genealogical Journey worth the trip. Hope you Njoy those Thursday Places.