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Protected by Hassel Island, the harbor has docking and fueling facilities, machine shops, and shipyards and was a U. 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.
In 1680, there were more black African slaves than white European settlers.
Adjacent Water and Buck Islands served as pasture lands for the city, and Taphus was renamed Charlotte Amalie in 1691 after King Christian V's wife.
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-Norway. When Christopher Columbus arrived in 1493, the area was inhabited by Island Caribs and Taíno.
It has a deep-water harbor that was once a haven for pirates and is now one of the busiest ports of call for cruise ships in the Caribbean, with about 1.5 million cruise ship passengers landing there in 2004. It is on the southern shore at the head of Saint Thomas Harbor.
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As early as in 1672, the Danish government began the construction of Fort Christian on Saint Thomas Harbor in Charlotte Amalie.
After the Danish government wanted direct administration of the archipelago in 1754, the capital was moved from Charlotte Amalie to Christiansted on the island of Saint Croix.
That partly made the economy in town to transition from slave trading and agriculture to general commerce.
The American Revolution in the 1770s was good news for the city, as it was thriving times for the local businessfolk and the town begun to be filled by immigrants from Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, most of them from other islands of the Lesser Antilles.
By 1778, the Danish government had strengthened their military position by building Bluebeard’s Castle and Blackbeard's Castle, lookout towers on the crests of the two hills by the city.
In the 17th century, the Danes built both Blackbeard's Castle and Bluebeard's Castle attributed to the pirates. Before the time of the Danish West Indies (1754–1917), the city was known as Taphus for its many beer halls.