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Region Overview

The U.S. Virgin Islands (pop. 102,000) consist of 68 small islands discovered and named by Columbus in 1493 in the westernmost part of the Lesser Antilles. The capital is Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas Island. The U.S. purchased the islands from the Dutch in 1917.

Most of the islands are uninhabited. The three most important islands are St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas.

Tour St. Croix Island

Largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix feature a diverse landscape of green rain forest, desert vegetation, rocky red cliffs and white sand beaches. This island is about 28 miles and 7 miles wide.

Christiansted is one of the two major cities on the island. It gained great prosperity in the mid 1800's from its sugar, cotton, rum and slave trade. The town is full of picturesque Danish architecture. Most dining, shops and hotels are centered along King's Alley Walk.

Frederiksted principal city on west side of St. Croix. Center of town is the Old Historic District along Strand Street - waterfront shopping area. This town partially burned down in 1878 and features a different style than Christansted.

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Tour St. John Island

Two-thirds of St. John Island consist of the Virgin Islands National Park - 14,695 acres (U.S.) of parkland (1956). Quiet headlands, coves and extensive offshore areas of reefs and underwater gardens, palm-lined sandy white beaches and early Carib Indian artifacts. Remains of early Danish colonial sugar plantations.

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Tour St. Thomas Island

Charlotte Amalie - capital city of the U.S. Virgin Islands - is located on St. Thomas. It is famous for its 99 Steps that scales the summit of Government Hill, official office of territorial governor.

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