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David Hamilton Jackson was a teacher at Frederiksted, St. Croix in the Danish West Indies. He was a very controversial guy, and allegedly got fired as teacher for talking about the Catholics in an ‘unacceptable way’. After that, he became politically active and made a newspaper on St. Croix – The Herald. He also founded a union, St. Croix Labor Union. He criticised the Danish treatment of the three Caribbean islands, and in 1915 he travelled to Copenhagen to talk to minister of finance, Edvard Brandes, and several other politicians. The governor of the islands had a ‘panic fright’ of D. Hamilton Jackson (Brandes’ words), and was scared that Jackson would cause another rebellion on the islands. So the Danish minister of defence sent a warship and some soldiers to the islands to prevent any rebellions. That was mostly because Denmark was in the process of selling the islands, so a rebellion had been very bad for Denmark. In 1917, the islands were finally bought by USA. Some blame Jackson for this, though most see him as a speaker and a hero of the islanders.
Source is the book *Vestindien* by Niels Brimnes, Hans Christian Gulløv, Erik Gøbel, Per Oluf Hernæs, Poul Erik Olsen and Mikkel Venborg Pedersen.