Kulkvinderne i Kronprindsens Kvarter - En mikrohistorisk undersøgelse af kvindelige kularbejdere i Dansk Vestindien 1901-1917

Mette Emilieanna Bruun & Asger Maurice Freud-Blomquist

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This paper is a historical investigation of the lives of the so-called Coal Women of Charlotte Amalie on St Thomas, in the former Danish Virgin Islands, in the years 1901 to 1917. In a cluster of houses around the base of the small mountain Frenchman Hill in the western part of the Danish Caribbean city, the female coal carriers lived in a neighbourhood poorly tended to by the colonial government, and characterized by poor material living conditions, dense population, alcoholism, crime and diseases. The Paper is based upon a micro historical analysis of one specific female coal carrier Martha Maloon and her family’s lives in the Afro Caribbean neighbourhood Kronprindsens Kvarter (Crown prince’s Quarter). During three chapters, Martha’s daily life, her and her co-workers living conditions, their life strategies and social community is explored and discussed in order to bring a piece of forgotten Danish Caribbean history to life. The whole paper shall be considered as an experiment of whether micro history can be used as a historiographic method in the field of professional Danish historiography, and what it provides to the scientific field of colonial history. The possibilities of the micro historical method will be actively used, and furthermore discussed through the investigation. The paper ends up concluding, that the Coal Women personified by Martha Maloon, despite a life marked by extensive hard labour, were part of a close, female focused society who, although they seemed almost invisible in official sources and descriptions from their time, were a prominent and significant part of Charlotte Amalie. The examination of the Coal Women’s daily life becomes the prism through which The Crown prince’s Quarter, that hasn’t been a topic for historical research until now, is studied.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2016
Antal sider38
VejledereKarin Cohr Lützen


  • Kolonihistorie
  • Dansk Vestindien
  • Mikrohistorie
  • Kulkvinder
  • Charlotte Amalie
  • St. Thomas
  • Kronprindsens Kvarter