Formerly Enslaved Dane, a Pioneer to Iceland

Hans Jonathan, born enslaved in St. Croix a Danish possession in 1784, fled to Iceland when a Danish court denied his assertion that he was granted freedom by the crown prince for service in the Danish navy.  The Danish government rejected a request by one of his descendants to declare him a free man posthumously.  Read the New York Times article by clicking here.  Denmark has recently erected a statue to Mary Thomas “a 19th-century rebel queen who led a fiery revolt against Danish rule in the Caribbean.”  Read more by clicking here.

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