Comparing The 17th Century To The Danish Colonization Of Greenland

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The 17th century was also notable for the Danish colonization of Greenland and the West Indies. Though Greenland was under the sovereignty of Denmark since Denmark’s union with Norway in the 16th century, many expeditions and attempts at colonization failed throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, due to Greenland’s harsh climate and lack of natural resources. In contrast, the Danish colonization of the West Indies was much more profitable. Denmark’s first colony was in St. Thomas in 1665, followed by ones in St. John and St. Croix. In the first half of the 18th century the Caribbean Sea and the Virgin Islands were partly controlled by the Danish West India and Guinea Company, a company started in the mid-1600s. In the 17th and 18th centuries
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