U.S Virgin Islands

By: Callie Poehler

Charlotte Amaile

History

  • The Danish used to rule the island and had slaves.
  • The onset of World War I brought the reforms to a close and again left the islands isolated and exposed. During the submarine warfare phases of the First World War, the United States, fearing that the islands might be seized by Germany as a submarine base, again approached Denmark with a view to buying them. After a few months of negotiations, a selling price of $25 million in United States gold coin was agreed.(This is equivalent to $2,200,000,000 in 2012 dollars @ $1770 per ounce.) At the same time the economics of continued possession weighed heavily on the minds of Danish decision makers, and a consensus in favor of selling emerged in the Danish parliament.
  • Hurricane Hugo struck the Virgin Islands in 1989, causing catastrophic physical and economic damage. The territory was again struck by Hurricane Marilyn in 1995, killing eight people and causing more than $2 billion in damage. The islands were again struck by Hurricane Bertha, Hurricane Georges, Hurricane Lenny, and Hurricane Omar in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2008, respectively, but damage was not as severe in those storms.
United States Virgin Islands National Anthem

Capital: Charlotte Amalie

Dialing Code: 340

Currency: United States dollar

Population: 109,666 (2011)

National Anthem: Virgin Islands March

Official Language: English Language



Famous Artist- Camille Pissarro

Famous Athlete- Tim Duncan

Famous Actor- Lawrence Hilton-Jacob

Marches


  • Ingolf March
  • Virgin Island March
  • The Governor's Own
  • Spirit of the U.S.N
Waltzes



  • Caribbean Echoes
  • Childhood
Bamboulas



  • Bull Passin
Solos



  • Warbling in the Moonlight
  • Doux Reve d'Armour
Songs



  • Sweet Virgin Isles
  • Welcome to our President


Famous Musician- Alton Adams

Government- Democracy

President- Barrack Obama

Currency- $ US Dollar $

Major Religion- Christianity, Roman Catholic, Various forms of Protestant, and a few Jews and Muslims

Area- 133.7 square miles

Location- In between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Terrain- Most of the Islands are volcanic and are mostly hilly and mountainous with little level land.

Climate- Tropical- Between 75-88 F

Agriculture- They grow fruit trees such as avocado, mangoes, coconuts, citrus, and breadfruit.

Major Industries- Manufacturing and Tourism

Islands- St.Croix, St. Thomas, St. John

Things to see in St. Thomas

Sugar Bay resort and Spa

Sugar Bay Resort and Spa is situated hillside at the northeastern end of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Set amidst 31 lush tropical acres, this St. Thomas resort overlooks the emerald and blue waters of Water Bay to the north and St. John and the British Virgin Islands to the east where the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea meet to create Pillsbury Sound. Conveniently located, this St. Thomas resort is just two miles from Red Hook, eight miles from downtown Charlotte Amalie, and six miles from Blackbeard’s Castle and Paradise Point.From sun worshipping and shopping to sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving, the Sugar Bay Resort and Spa and St. Thomas are filled with opportunities to explore unlike any other Caribbean Island – and as part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, access to St. Thomas from the U.S. mainland is easy and quick. NO PASSPORT is REQUIRED – US Citizens travel to the US Virgin Islands by simply bringing a valid photo I.D. and proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.
Marine Gardens Exhibit

Black Beard's Castle

Blackbeard's Castle is one of five National Historic Landmarks in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is located in the city of Charlotte Amalie, on the island of St. Thomas.

Magic Ice Gallery

Explore the largest permanent ice gallery in the world showcasing the rich history of the Caribbean in intricate sculptures created from snow and ice. This sub-zero exhibit features sculptures of shipwrecks, lighthouses, animal life and even a giant ice bar. Warm coats, gloves and shoes are provided.


St.Thomas Synagogue

Built in 1796 by Sephardic Jews, the St. Thomas Synagogue is one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere. People of all faiths are welcome to visit the sand-floored interior of this National Historic Landmark.








Things to see in St. John

Trunk Bay

This breathtakingly beautiful beach, with soft white powdery sand, is one of the most popular in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The National Park maintains an underwater snorkeling trail at Trunk Bay with underwater signs providing a wealth of interesting information.


National Park Vistor Center

A few steps from the Cruz Bay dock, the Vistor Center is open for information, maps and brochures on local wildlife and trails throughout St. Johns's National Park. Enjoy learning about St. John tropical forest, petroglyphs and sugar mill ruins on your own or with a guide.

Things to See in St. Croix

Buck Island

One of only three underwater national monuments in the United States, Buck Island and its surrounding coral reef ecosystem support a large variety of native flora and fauna, including the hawksbill turtle and brown pelican. Underwater trails make Buck Island a popular destination for snorkelers and a must-do for every visitor. A number of tour companies operate excursions to Buck Island.


My Trip to St Thomas