Every March 31, the U. Of the U. Virgin Islands is the only one the country ever purchased from another imperial power.
We are making our sencond trip to St. Thomas this year. I want my 11 year old son to read about the history of the islands, pirates - informative but, fun information.
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Christopher Columbus is credited with "discovering" the Virgin Islands inbut, in fact, they had already been inhabited for 3, years. It is believed that the original settlers were the nomadic Ciboney Indians, who migrated from the mainland of South America and lived off the islands' fish and vegetation. The first real homesteaders were the peaceful Arawak Indians, who arrived from Venezuela, presumably in dugout canoes with sails. For about years, the Arawaks occupied the Virgin Islands, until the arrival of the cannibalistic Carib Indians in the 15th century.
Historians document that the first inhabitants, the Ciboneys, arrived on the islands during what is considered the Pre-Ceramic Culture. Arawaks were the next to arrive, establishing sites on St. John and St.
The islands number more than and were sighted by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage in In the following years, the European presence was fiercely resisted by the native Carib Indians. Their antipathy toward the outsiders was so great that Emperor Charles V later ordered their extermination; that enormity was completed in the early s.
For almost years Denmark was a colonial power in the West Indies. From the founding of the colony in to the sale of the islands to the USA in This is an introduction to aspects of the history of the Danish West Indies, which will be helpful to you if you would like to know more about the subject or if you want to search the digitized records from the colony.
InChristopher Columbus visited these islands. He had been searching for a route to India and consequently he called the people he encountered Indians. Ursula and her 11, virgins. Explorers as late as reported evidence of Indian habitation however settlers by reported not finding Indians.
United States Virgin Islandsalso called U. Virgin Islandsorganized unincorporated island territory of the United Statessituated at the eastern end of the Greater Antillesabout 40 miles 64 km east of Puerto Ricoin the northeastern Caribbean Sea. The territory is geographically part of the Virgin Islands group, which also contains its near neighbour, the British Virgin Islands.