This writing journal is part of a series created to honor the rich history of the US Virgin Islands.
On the cover is an image of a family from the French community of Charlotte Amalie taken on the island of St. Thomas around the early nineteenth century.
This close-knit community made an honest livelihood by plaiting straw hats and bags, selling fruit, such as oranges and pineapples, and by fishing and crafting fish pots.
Their fragile fishing-boats were often seen skimming the deep blue waves outside the port, unfazed by the dangers.
It was astonishing how they managed to keep those canoes afloat. They were simply dugouts formed from a single piece of wood, about twelve feet by two feet with a large sail.
If they capsized, the men held on to the boat, turned her, baled her out, jumped in, and away they went again as if nothing had happened.
Every July, the French community honors its heritage and the Bastille Day holiday in a grand way. They dine, dance, and compete in fishing tournaments for a full day of family fun.
Have you documented your family history?
Use this journal to get started. It's an easy way to record your research and discoveries.
- 100 pages of lined journal paper
- Soft matte cover
- Rare historical photograph