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==History==
This territory of the United States was a territory of Denmark from the 1600s until 1917. The U.S. Virgin Islands (, St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas) , were purchased from Denmark on January 17, 1917. They are about 60 miles east of Puerto Rico, in the northeast Caribbean Sea, helping to separate the Caribbean from the North Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. Virgin Islands lie southwest of the British Virgin Islands. In Danish records they are called ''Dansk Vestindien ''or ''De Danskvestindiske Øer''. <br><br>The early economy centered around cane sugar plantations worked by African slaves. Slaves were emancipated in 1848. Sugar cane lost its competitive advantage by the 1800s. Now, tourism has become the major industry. === Pre-Colombian St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas === '''The Caribs''' Historically warring cannibals. "The hair of these savages was long and coarse, their eyes were encircled with paint, so as to give them hideous expression. Bands of cotton were bound firmly above and below the muscular parts of the arms and legs, so as to cause them to swell to a disproportionate size.”  '''The Arawaks''' – generally peaceful  To the Spanish 1493, Virgin Islands were deemed the “useless islands”.
The U.S. Virgin Islands lie southwest of the British Virgin Islands. In Danish records they are called De Danskvestindiske Øer. <br><br>The early economy centered around cane sugar plantations worked by African slaves. Slaves were emancipated in 1848. Sugar cane lost its competitive advantage by the 1800s. Now, tourism has become the major industry.
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[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Virgin_Islands]
== Timeline ==
Settled by the Ciboney, Carib, and Arawaks. .<br>1493 - Spanish Arrival <br>1625 - Dutch Settlement on St. Croix (and abandoned by 1645)<br>1650 - Spanish occupation on St. Croix (abandoned). <br>1651 - French Settlements <br>1672 - The Danish West India &amp; Guinea Company settle on St. Thomas. <br>1694 - The Danish West India &amp; Guinea Company settle on St. John. <br>1695 - The French abandon St. Croix. <br>1733 - The Danish West India &amp; Guinea Co. purchase St. Croix from the French. <br>1754 - The Virgin Islands were proclaimed a Royal Danish Colony. <br>1792 - Danish Crown issued a 10-year grace period for the abolition of the slave trade (that became effective in 1803) <br>1801 - 1802 British occupation (during Napoleonic Wars). <br>1803 - Abolition of the slave trade. <br>1807 - 1815 British occupation (Napoleonic Wars). <br>1820's - 1840's - Economic depression as sugar beet production in Europe replaced the need for sugar cane. <br>1848 - Slaves Freed <br>1878 - Frederiksted is burned (dduring a social revolt) <br>1917 - The Danish government sells the Danish U.S. Virgin Islands to the United States Government. <br>
Reference: World History at KMLA
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