List of Governors of the Danish West Indies

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Map of the Danish West Indies, in Danish language.

The following is a list of Governors of the Danish West Indies, a Danish colony in the Caribbean encompassing the territory of the present-day United States Virgin Islands.

Governors of St. Thomas[edit]

St. Thomas was claimed by Denmark-Norway in 1665.

Governors of St. Thomas & St. John[edit]

St. John (St. Jan) was claimed by Danish West India Company in 1683, which was disputed by the British until 1718.

Governors of St. Croix[edit]

St. Croix was bought from French West India Company in 1733.

  • Friderich Moth, Governor of St. Croix (January 8, 1735 – May 15, 1747)
  • Gregers Høg Nissen, Chief ad interim of St. Croix (February 24, 1736 – April 16, 1744)
  • Paul Lindemark, Chief ad interim of St. Croix (April 16, 1744 – May 15, 1747)
  • Jens Hansen, Governor of St. Croix (May 15, 1747 – December 1751)
  • Peter Clausen, Governor of St. Croix (December 1751 – 1758)

In 1754, the Danish West Indies were sold by Danish West India Company to King Frederick V, becoming royal Danish colonies. Hereafter, St. Croix was governed by the Governors-General of the Danish West Indies.

Governors of the royal colonies[edit]

The Danish West Indies were sold by Denmark to the United States on December 12, 1916. The administration was officially turned over on March 31, 1917, and the first US governor was Edwin Taylor Pollock. For governors of the territory after the establishment of the US administration, see List of Governors of the United States Virgin Islands.

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Waldemar Westergaard, The Danish West Indies under Company Rule (1671 - 1754) (MacMillan, New York, 1917)
  • World Statesmen, accessed April 6, 2006