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Monday, July 23, 2012

VIRGIN ISLANDS (U.S.) - The 175th Country Visitor


A visitor from the U.S. Virgin Islands visited my Blog today. Thank you...
Let's learn something about this U.S. territory.

The U.S. Virgin Islands is an unincorporated organized territory of the United States of America between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico. It was formerly known as theDanish West Indies. Together with the British Virgin Islands, to the northeast, the territory forms the Virgin Islands archipelago. The islands natural resources are sun, sand, sea, and surf.
GEOGRAPHY:
Saint Croix
 
The largest island far to the south of the rest of the Virgin Islands.

Saint John 
Beautiful and more relaxed, home to a couple resorts, a small town, and Virgin Islands National Park, covering 60% of the island's territory.

Saint Thomas 
Home to the bustling capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands—the most populated island.

CLIMATE:
Tropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season May to November. Has experienced several hurricanes in recent years as well as frequent and severe droughts and floods.
TERRAIN:
Mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land. There are occasional earthquakes.
Highest point - Crown Mountain 474 m

HISTORY:
During the 17th century, the archipelago was divided into two territorial units, one English and the other Danish. Sugarcane, produced by slave labor, drove the islands' economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the US purchased the Danish portion, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848.

FACTS AND FIGURES:
Capital: Charlotte Amalie
Government: US Territory
Currency: US Dollar
Area: Total 352 sq km, Water 3 sq km, land 349 sq km
Population: 123,498 (July 2002 est)
Languages: English, Spanish
Religion: Baptist 42%, Roman Catholic 34%, Episcopalian 17%, Others 7%.
Calling code: +1 (340)
Time zone: UTC-4

Photos:
The US Virgin Islands
a paradise..
St Thomas
Cruz bay
cool ...
carnival in Virgin Islands
Virgin Islands beauties
2011 Miss US Virgin Islands.

Have a nice day...

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