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Save the Dolphins of Taiji

March 14, 2010


Dear Dolphins lovers and fellow animal rights activists,

As a Dive master for years in the Virgin Islands, I have seen and swam among the bottle nosed dolphins.

Since I watched the documentary The Cove, I have been haunted in thought about what is going on in the world with dolphins and in particular in Japan.
Each day I think about what more can I do to stop this from starting this year as the month of September approaches?

I have personally asked Asian friends if it is true in that people of Japan are not aware of what is happening in Taiji, with confirmation that they do not know.

If you have not seen the film , please do and please also sign the petitions and write the letters recommended to take part in stopping this horrifying event to come to a halt right now!

Here are some of the links to get started:
www.savethejapandolphins.org
www.thecovemovie.com
www.takepart.com/thecove

Thank you
Marilyn Brunet

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A brief history of St. John USVI

April 1, 2009

The first inhabitants on the St. John were the Ciboneys, a pre ceramic culture. Then followed by the Arawaks, descendents from Venezuela established themselves around 100AD. The Arawaks were a peaceful group of farmers and fishermen. The next inhabitants, who are also the most famous, were the Carib’s ; a brutal cannibalistic group. Then finally, the peaceful Tainos, who were thought to be originally from South America. The Carib’s were the indigenous people who Christopher Columbus encountered in the late fifteenth century. It Columbus who referred to the residents as Indians, because he thought he had made his way back to North America, where he had named the people there Indians. The people of the Caribbean are now referred to as West Indians.
By the seventeenth century several European countries expressed interest in the island. But it was Denmark who settled in St. Thomas 1672, St. John in 1694, and St. Croix in 1733. The Danes began establishing plantations on the islands.
In 1685 St. Thomas was designated as a slave trading post. More than 200,000 slaves from Africa were forcibly brought to the islands to harvest sugar cane, cotton, and indigo. Soon, St. Thomas became a trade center, while St. John and St. Croix continued with the plantation lifestyle.
St. John’s Fort Frederiksvaern in Coral Bay, crippling plantation operations for six months. In 1792 Denmark announced the cessation of the trade in humans. Freedom was not granted to slaves until 1848, when Moses “Buddhoe” Gottlieb led a revolution on St. Croix, 17 years before emancipation in the United States. After this, agriculture on the islands declined. Nothing of the Islands was heard from until World War 1, when the United States decided to strategically buy the territory from Denmark for $25 million in gold. A senate was created in 1936, which was followed by other political processes. In the 1950’s Lawrence Rockefeller purchased large areas of north shore land and donated vast portions to the US government for use as a National Park. In 1970, the Islands elected its first governor. Today, you can find hints of our buccaneering past in the name of places such as: Sir Francis Drake Channel, Blackbeards Castle, Bluebeards Castle and Lovango. USVI thrives from tourism. Books about St John can be found at our Beach Store.