Laurance S. Rockefeller purchased Sandy Cay in the s, around the same time as his purchases of vast tracts of land on St. On St.
Rockefeller, a wealthy philanthropist and conservationist, who died Sunday at age 94 at his home in New York. He died from pulmonary fibrosis. Rockefeller, with a small group of his friends, is credited with preserving St.
Rockefeller, a philanthropist and conservation giant whose support of the national parks movement spans the country from Acadia National Park in Maine to Redwoods National and State Parks in California, fell in love with St. John during a cruise in the Caribbean. Inhe purchased 5, acres and gave it to the government for the park's creation, but held back about acres on the island's northwestern shore, the Caneel Bay Plantation, to create a resort.
How we care for our environment and live with it, utilize and enjoy it, determines the kind of people we are and will be. Billionaires can afford not to dwell on profit. Having selected the finest and most pristine site he could find, Rockefeller set about acquiring huge amounts of land, the better to buffer the resort from outside commercial interests.
Pishko led about 25 people — including a University of the Virgin Islands professor and six graduate students — on a tour of the ruins on the property and shared the rich history of the area. One remnant of the Caribbean Dutch rule is the island Jost Van Dyke, the name of which reflects its origins. Soon the Danes decided to establish colonies in the West Indies and launched into the sugar industry, explained Pishko.
As my wife and i have traveled aroundwe have found so many properties connected to the Rockefeller past- is there an actual residence or house on St. John that remains? Is it open to the public?
It didn't take long for me to fall in love with Caneel Bay. I escaped to the warm, tropical paradise in the midst of a frigid Manhattan winter, so my adoration for the Caribbean resort wasn't exactly surprising. Still, Caneel Bay isn't just any Caribbean resort—it's an island rich with history, tradition, and an abundance of nature, which was a promise made to its founder, billionaire philanthropist Laurance Rockefeller, who first discovered it in the early s. Rockefeller and his wife Mary were on a sailing excursion of the U.
Report by Nick Ryan. The dream of one of America's most famous, and passionate philanthropists, is carved onto the island coast of a once-sleepy agricultural community in the Caribbean. Founded in by Laurance S.
Archaeological evidence suggests that Indians inhabited St. John as early as BC, however there were no lasting settlements until the s. Attracted by the possibility of cultivating sugar cane for profit, several European countries laid claim to the little island around that time. The British had claimed St.