U.S. Virgin Islands Colonial Records

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Spanish Colonization (1555-1625)[edit | edit source]

The Spanish settled the islands in 1555. By 1625, the French and British had taken over the islands. [1]

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French Colonization (1625-1733)[edit | edit source]

The French arrived on St. Croix island in 1625. [2] The French sold the island to the Danish in 1733. [3]

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British Colonization (1625-1672)[edit | edit source]

The British arrived on St. Croix island in 1625. [4] The Danish gained control of the three islands between 1672 and 1733. [5]

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Danish Colonization (1672-1917)[edit | edit source]

The Danish settled St. Thomas in 1672, St. John in 1694, and then purchased St. Croix from the French in 1733. [6] The United States purchased these islands in 1917. [7]

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United States Colonization (1917-present)[edit | edit source]

The United States purchased the islands from the Danish in 1917. They continue as United States Territory. [8]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "United States Virgin Islands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Virgin_Islands#Arrival_of_Europeans, accessed 23 November 2020.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "United States Virgin Islands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Virgin_Islands#Arrival_of_Europeans, accessed 23 November 2020.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "United States Virgin Islands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Virgin_Islands#Danish_colonial_period, accessed 23 November 2020.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "United States Virgin Islands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Virgin_Islands#Arrival_of_Europeans, accessed 23 November 2020.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "British Virgin Islands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Virgin_Islands#History, accessed 23 November 2020.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "United States Virgin Islands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Virgin_Islands#Danish_colonial_period, accessed 23 November 2020.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "History of the United States Virgin Islands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_United_States_Virgin_Islands#The_Danish_West_Indies_period, accessed 23 November 2020.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "History of the United States Virgin Islands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_United_States_Virgin_Islands#American_rule, accessed 23 November 2020.