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US Virgin Islands*

St. Thomas

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History

Former Danish colony, sold to the United States

They were seen by Columbus in 1493 and named after the Feast of the Holy Virgin.

In 1555 they were claimed by Spain but actually settled by the English and French with no real government, hence there was piracy. All the natives had been killed by 1596 and replaced by African slaves.

The western islands became Danish from about 1660. The United States bought the islands in 1917. They are ruled by a governor elected by the people and are a territory of the US.

Riots in 1989 following hurricane damage indicated considerable discontent with the present situation and especially with the incoming American settlers.

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