National Geographic : 1928 May
TO BOGOTA AND BACK BY AIR THE CAPITAL OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FROM THE AIR This old city is situated on a fine harbor at the foot of tree-clad hills. Lacking wells or springs, it gets drinking water by catching rains that fall on artificial brick watersheds, one of which appears as a white spot above the center of the picture. The United States bought the Virgin Islands from Denmark and the street names are Danish, but the people prefer English. A street sign once read: "Cool sherbet and other such sippings." Photographs by West Indian Aerial Express UNDER AMERICAN RULE CHARLOTTE AMALIE HAS CHANGED ITS NAME Even on gala days, as when the American flyer arrived, the chief city of the Virgin Islands, now called St. Thomas, is peaceful and orderly; but time was when Blackbeard is said to have made this his haunt, and while corsairs, pirates, and the sea hawks of Europe kept the whole Caribbean in an uproar, no man's life was safe.