99 Steps to BlackBeard’s Castle
Located on a side street in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas are these innocuous looking steps; but they are far from average. The 99 steps (they total 103 actually) lead to Blackbeard’s Castle, one of five National Historic Landmarks in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Originally built in 1679, local legend has it that the fierce pirate, Edward Teach or Blackbeard used the lookout in furtherance of his piracy. Today the tower is surrounded by a hotel and restaurant.
By Matt Long
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Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00801, USVI