Posted by: islandhideaway | February 5, 2009

More History

Sugar MillSt. Thomas was declared a free port by the Danes in 1724.  The islands then prospered during the 18th century and St. Thomas became a major trading center. Sugar plantations could be seen all over the islands. In 1848 slavery was abolished by Denmark.

In 1917 the United States purchased the Virgin Islands for $25 Million dollars. The United States made the purchase as part of its military defense strategy. In 1927 residents were granted U.S. citizenship. During World War II St. Thomas was developed as a defense base. The Military and the Interior Department managed the territory until the passage of the Organic Act in 1936.

Virgin Islanders hail from all corners of the world. There are the African descendants of the slaves, the French, who have emigrated from French islands, Puerto Ricans, and the continental transplants from the United States mainland. In addition to those four groups there are many “down islanders” from the southern islands of the Antillean chain  and a sizeable number of East Indians. So we are a very diverse group of people here in the Virgin Islands and we are what make these islands unique. Come and visit and experience the culture.



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