A+ A A-
Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/rootsroc/public_html/components/com_k2/models/item.php on line 596


The Virgin Islands are the western island group of the Leeward Islands, which are the northern part of the Lesser Antilles, and form the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Politically, the eastern islands form the British Virgin Islands and the western ones form the United States Virgin Islands. The British Virgin Islands is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom comprising Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada. The U.S. Virgin Islands is an unincorporated organized territory of the United States comprising St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas and Water Island. The Virgin Passage separates the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Spanish Virgin Islands of Vieques and Culebra, which are part of Puerto Rico. The United States dollar is the official currency on both the British and U.S. Virgin Islands as well as the Spanish/Puerto Rican Virgin Islands. Christopher Columbus named the islands after Saint Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins (Spanish: Santa Ursula y las Once Mil Vírgenes), shortened to the Virgins (las Vírgenes). The official name of the British territory is the Virgin Islands, and the official name of the U.S. territory is the Virgin Islands of the United States. In practice, the two island groups are almost universally referred to as the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Virgin Islands were originally inhabited by the Arawak, Carib, and Cermic, all of whom perished during the colonial period through enslavement, foreign disease, and mass suicide. The islands got their current name after Christopher Columbus named the islands Santa Ursula y las Once Mil Vírgenes, shortened to Las Vírgenes, after the legend of Saint Ursula and her 11,000 virgins. European colonists later settled here and established sugar plantations, at least one tobacco plantation, and purchased slaves acquired from Africa. The plantations are gone, but the descendants of the slaves remain the bulk of the population, sharing a common African-Caribbean heritage with the rest of the English-speaking Caribbean. In 1916 and 1917, Denmark and the U.S., respectively, ratified a treaty in which Denmark sold the Danish West Indies to the United States of America for $25 million in gold. In the 1990s a Puerto Rican tourism campaign renamed the Passage Islands as the Spanish Virgin Islands,[citation needed] though they are seldom[clarification needed] identified as such on maps and atlases.[citation needed] They are part of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, located east of the main island of Puerto Rico. However, they are geographically part of the Virgin Islands chain. They are closer to St. Thomas than St. Thomas is to St. Croix.

Last modified on


  • Custom Essay Writers

    writing a thesis statement make a thesis statement thesis statement for argumentative essay on abortion https://thesisstatement.us.com - thesis statements

    Custom Essay Writers Comment Link
  • Online Payday Loans

    credit loans guaranteed approval credit loans installment loan companies no credit loans

    Online Payday Loans Comment Link
  • Loans For Bad Credit

    bad credit lender personal loan contract money lenders private lenders

    Loans For Bad Credit Comment Link
  • insurance companies

    online auto insurance auto insurance quotes online online auto insurance quotes auto insurance quotes california

    insurance companies Comment Link
  • insurance auto

    online auto insurance quotes auto insurance quotes michigan auto insurance quotes online free auto insurance quotes

    insurance auto Comment Link
  • Jamescit

    college application essay prompts research papers essay writing help uk research papers research papers research papers research papers argumentative essay free sex video chat cfnm show sex chat free free adult chat

    Jamescit Comment Link
  • Jamescit

    write my paper write my paper for me write my paper for me write my paper easy payday loans guaranteed payday loans guaranteed payday loans best online loans webcam sluts webcam masturbation free online porn chat webcam sluts webcam slut wife webcam adult chats wife webcam

    Jamescit Comment Link
  • state auto insurance

    cheap auto insurance cheap car insurance companies cheap car insurance quotes cheap car insurance quotes

    state auto insurance Comment Link
  • car insurance quote

    auto insurance quotes california car insurances auto insurance quotes online cheap auto insurance quotes online

    car insurance quote Comment Link
  • carinsurance

    cheapest car insurance cheapest car insurance car insurance in michigan top auto insurance companies

    carinsurance Comment Link

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated.Basic HTML code is allowed.

Copyright All Rights Reserved rootsrockradio.com