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By Norman Berdichevsky

For plenty of non-Danish electorate of the realm, Denmark continues to be an enigma. Too frequently stressed with different Scandinavian international locations, this southernmost Nordic state has been characterised by way of stereotypes and cliches regarding socialism, cradle-to-grave protection, soccer, pornography, Hamlet, pigs, dairy livestock, and beer. This enlightening consultant to Danish society, tradition, and historical past bargains an inside of examine the "real" Denmark, highlighting the simplest of either the rustic and its humans. It information Denmark's vast contributions to technology, engineering, exploration, seafaring, literature, philosophy, song, structure, and plenty of different fields. short pics depict recognized Danes, together with "Clown Prince of Denmark" Victor Borge, Hans Christian Andersen, Kierkegaard, and Out of Africa writer Karen Blixen. all through, Denmark's impressive human rights checklist, democratic associations, and humanistic traditions are transparent. by way of illuminating Danish tradition and clarifying misperceptions, this paintings fosters a better appreciation of Denmark, its humans, and their lifestyle.

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In the meantime, impending elections in 1901 in Denmark also made the political parties nervous. A shift towards the liberals and the left resulted in a new government less amenable to a sale. Moreover, the great Danish “East Asia” Shipping Company, ØK, entered the fray and opposed the sale with the claim that a future Panama Canal would greatly increase the economic and strategic importance of the Danish West Indies. 5 million offer, and granting the requests for citizenship and annulment of debts, the Danish side was given a deadline of January 24, 1902, to confirm the sale.

Hay believed him enough to ask an American diplomatic envoy, Henry White, to accompany Mr. Christmas to Copenhagen to enquire about Danish willingness to sell all three islands to the United States and how much they wanted for them. Through the good offices of Mr. Christmas, the price asked by the Danish government was $5,000,000. Although Christmas had no diplomatic status, the Danish government had begun to work through him until news leaked out and reached Niels Grøn, who spilled the beans to the American press.

Senate; the French impressionist painter Camille Pissaro; and the renowned physician, Jacob Mendes da Costa (all born on Sankt Thomas). The growth of the port of New Orleans and the development of Florida provided two powerful magnets that attracted many Jews of the small West Indian islands. The lure of the powerful United States and the growth of its own shipping, sugar industry, relations with Cuba and the promise of building a Panama Canal for the newer, much larger, and faster steamships all pointed to economic decline for the Danish West Indies and the eventual drift away from the islands of the Sephardic element.

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