A replica in half size of Copenhagen’s The Little Mermaid statue was placed in the town of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. ( map )
The statue sits near the pier where cruise ships dock, and close to a small shopping center.
Why is there a mermaid statue here? Well, St. Thomas was danish territory from 1666 until 1917, when it was purchased by the United States for $25 million in gold. So there is a substantial danish heritage and history on the island.
The inscription reads:
A TRUE COPY IN HALFSIZE OF
THE LITTLE MERMAID
CREATED BY THE DANISH SCULPTOR
ERECTED IN 1918 AT LANGELINIE
IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
This is one of the many copies of Edvard Eriksen’s original mermaid statue placed in Copenhagen harbor in 1913.
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