- Danish colonial period
Leeds Garden was built by the first Danish settlers of St. Thomas as a centerpiece of the original royal estate of the Dutch West India Company's Lord of Dutch West Indies. It contained a variety of fauna and provided solace for many indigenous avian breeds. After some time, it fell under disrepair.
St. Thomas became the master settlement of the Danish West Indies, with it's temporary sub-colonies being St. Croix and St. John. Emperor Ocata I instated Edmond Stark as Viceroy of the colony and Acting Viceroy of the other Caribbean colonies in 1749. Viceroy Stark went to work remodeling the estate and garden into an expansive wildlife refuge that currently houses multiple mammal species and avian breeds.