Fort Frederik, sometimes called Frederiksfort, was built between 1752 and 1760 in order to defend the harbor of Frederiksted on St. Croix from pirates. For this reason, you’ll see a bunch of cannons lining the top of the fort. It’s smaller than Fort Christiansvaern on the other side of the island but just as interesting. Of interest especially to American visitors is the fact that it was the first fort to salute the newly-independent nation of the United States of America in 1776, marking the first foreign recognition of the country. Today, the fort is home to the Fort Frederik Museum & Art Gallery.
The museum’s exhibits include descriptions of the various rooms of the fort, as well as Danish antiques. The building also houses a small art gallery. Fort Frederik is best known for an 1848 slave revolt wherein 8,000 slaves marched to the fort in order to demand their freedom – fortunately, they were successful, being emancipated by governor Peter Von Scholten on July 3, a date which is still recognized today as Emancipation Day.