The U.S. Virgin Islands By: Nolan Ross

The U.S. Virgin Islands are a collection of english speaking, democratic islands with a population of 106,211 people. The lieutenant governor, like a president of territories, is Osbert E Potter.

"The first residents of the present United States Virgin Islands (USVI) were the Ciboney, Caribs, and Arawaks. In 1493, Christopher Columbus visited these islands. He had been searching for a route to India and consequently he called the people he encountered Indians. Columbus named the beautiful islands ‘The Virgins’ in reference to the legendary beauty of St. Ursula and her 11,000 virgins." From

The U.S. Virgin Islands are Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, and Saint John.

The islands remained under Danish rule until 1917, when the United States purchased them for $25 million in gold in an effort to improve military positioning during critical times of World War I. St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John became the US Virgin Islands.

St. Thomas governor Kenneth Mapp has taken major steps to reduce government spending because of insufficient funds.

Its main industries are tourism and fishing.

Two fishing boats.

Public schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands are managed by the USVI Department of Education, and are available on St. Croix (K-12), St. Thomas (K-12) and St. John (K-8). Private and parochial schools also exist. There are no schools on Water Island. There are children on St. John and Water Island that commute to St. Thomas for school; and while the percentage is far fewer there are also a few students that commute from St. Thomas to St. John. From

On the radio you can hear calypso music, reggae, American pop, salsa, blues, oldies, rock and roll and many other genres.

Fish soup is popular and on some islands it is eaten for breakfast. Side dishes include rice and peas, yams, fried plantains, sweet potato, cassava, beans, and lentils. Lentils are mature seeds that can be salted, boiled, or cooked. Cassava is a starchy root essential to Caribbean diets.

Local sports enthusiast watch and play baseball, basketball and football.

Speaking of basketball...

1 famous former resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands is the now retired power forward/center for the San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan. He is arguably the greatest power forward of all time. He played his entire 19 year NBA career for the San Antonio Spurs under head coach Gregg Popovich. He spent those 19 years winning 5 NBA championships, 3 NBA Finals MVP awards, 1997-98 Rookie of the Year, 2 NBA League MVPs, with 15 All-Star Game appearances, 15 elections to the NBA All Defensive Team, 15 elections to an all NBA team, and an eventual election to the NBA Hall of Fame.

One last interesting fact is Early governors also approved of St. Thomas becoming a pirate's’ safe haven.


Created with images by yawper - "US Virgin Islands 2011" • dimitrisvetsikas1969 - "boat harbor fishing shelter" • falco - "cassava root tuber" • Howdy, I'm H. Michael Karshis - "This planet needs more folks like Tim Duncan." • Luzie1973 - "pirate statue corsair"

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