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Hassel Island

Island sunlight on Fort Willoughby, Hassel Island

Charlotte Amalie, U.S Virgin Islands

The entirety of Hassel Island is included in its historic district. In addition to remains of 19th-century shipping facilities, Hassel Island shows its less peaceful past. Particularly prominent are the ruins of Fort Shipley, a remnant of the British occupation of St. Thomas during the Napoleonic Wars (1801-1815), when Denmark was allied with Napoleonic France. A visit to Hassel Island complements a tour of the historic places of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Photo: Island sunlight on Fort Willoughby, Hassel Island
– Courtesy of Puerto Rico State Historic Preservation Office

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