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Charlotte Amalie

Charlotte Amalie (/???rl?t ??m??lj?/ or /-?æm?li?/) , located on St. Thomas, is the capital and largest city of the U.S. Virgin Islands, founded in 1666 as Taphus (meaning "beer houses" or "beer halls" ). In 1691, the town was renamed to Amalienborg (in English Charlotte Amalie) after Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel (1650–1714), queen consort to King Christian V of Denmark. It contains a deep-water harbor that was once a haven for pirates and is now one of the busiest port of call for cruise ships in the Caribbean, with about 1.5 million cruise ship passengers landing there in 2004. Protected by Hassel Island, the harbor has docking and fueling facilities, machine shops, and shipyards and is also a U.S. submarine base. The town has been inhabited for centuries. When Christopher Columbus came here in 1493, the area was inhabited by both Carib- and Arawak Indians. It is located on the southern shore at the head of Saint Thomas Harbor. In 2010 the city had a population of 18,481, which makes it the largest city in the Virgin Islands Archipelago. Hundreds of ferries and yachts pass through town each week, and at times the population more than doubles.

The city is known for its Danish colonial architecture, building structure and history, and a dozen streets and places throughout the city have Danish names. Charlotte Amalie has buildings of historical importance including St. Thomas Synagogue, the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, and the oldest Lutheran church in the Western Hemisphere, the Frederick Lutheran Church. The town has a long history of pirates, especially stories of Bluebeard and Blackbeard (Edward Teach). In the 17th-century, the Danes built both Blackbeard's Castle and Bluebeard's Castle attributed to the pirates. Blackbeard's Castle is a U.S. National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited attractions in town. Another tourist attraction is Fort Christian, the oldest standing structure in the Virgin Islands Archipelago. A copy of the Liberty Bell is located in Emancipation Park, which is a tourist attraction.

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Schools in and around Charlotte Amalie, VI

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University of the Virgin Islands
Four or more years; Public; $11,970 average out-state tuition; $3,990 average in-state tuition
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Fajardo
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $4,080 average out-state tuition; $4,080 average in-state tuition
John Dewey College–Fajardo Branch
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private not for profit; $8,368 average out-state tuition; $8,368 average in-state tuition
Monteclaro Escuela de Hoteleria y Artes Culinarias
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private not for profit
University of Puerto Rico-Humacao
Four or more years; Public; $3,824 average out-state tuition; $1,802 average in-state tuition
Centro de Estudios Multidisciplinarios-Humacao
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $6,182 average out-state tuition; $6,182 average in-state tuition
Humacao Community College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $5,715 average out-state tuition; $5,715 average in-state tuition