DAR Cruise Day 1: The American Revolution in the Caribbean

Written by: Ann Dillon, President General
November 13, 2018

Anticipation was high as DAR members and many husbands stood in line to check in for embarkation on the Celebrity Summit for a cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico many of us arrived the day before our scheduled departure and enjoyed the historic old city. Recovery from the devastating hurricanes that struck the island in 2017 has been slow, but the port area is again thriving as are many of the resort areas. We were told that the best way to help Puerto Rico recover is to visit it. Tourism is one of its major industries and you do not need a US passport to visit!

In 1776 there were 26 British Colonies in the Americas including six in the Caribbean. The Stamp Act imposed by Great Britain affected them all and trade was severely hampered with French, Dutch and Spanish colonies. Because of the restrictions a thriving black-market ensued making this part of the world a stage for the conflict we know as the American Revolution. However, most of us were not considering the long ago war as much as we were eager to get warm, soak in some sun, ocean and enjoy all of the enticing cuisine pictured on the Celebrity website.

I have invited seven of my fellow travelers to give you their experiences as we sail to such ports as St. Thomas, St. Kitts (and nearby Nevis, birthplace of Alexander Hamilton), Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados where George Washington spent time with his half-brother Lawrence prior to the Revolution. We wish you were with us for this exciting cruise.

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