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Useful Notes / British Virgin Islands

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The northeastern set of Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, these ones are controlled by the British, unlike the southwestern ones which are controlled by the Americans, and are a British Overseas Territory, though they also use the US Dollar as their currency like the American ones. The capital and largest city is Road Town, located on the largest island, Tortola.

Known as a notorious pirate hideout in the 16th century, the Danish, Dutch, English, French and Spanish all fought for control of the territory, with the Dutch eventually establishing a permanent settlement on the island of Tortola in 1648. However, the English soon captured Tortola from the Dutch in 1672 and annexed Anegada and Virgin Gorda in 1680. Sugar Cane was introduced to the territory by the British, which would soon become the main crop and source of foreign trade in the territory, and slaves were brought from Africa to work on the sugar cane plantations. However, with the abolition of slavery in the territory, a series of disastrous hurricanes, and the growth in the sugar beet crop in Europe and the United States led to sugar cane production going way down in the 19th century. The territory would then focus on financial services and tourism instead, and become one of the richest areas of the Caribbean.


The British Virgin Islands are also known as one of the world's best sailing destinations, with charter sailboats being a very popular way of getting around the territory, and the Spring Regatta sailing races have been hosted there since 1972.

British Virgin Islands in media

British Virgin Islander flag
The flag features a defaced Blue Ensign with the Union Flag in the canton, and defaced with the coat of arms of the British Virgin Islands. The coat of arms, which date to the early nineteenth-century, features Saint Ursula holding a flaming gold oil lamp and surrounded by a further eleven lamps, which represent her 11,000 virgin followers. The islands were named after these virgin followers by Christopher Columbus when he discovered the islands in 1493, the multiplicity of islands reminding him of the numerous followers. The motto present on the flag reads "Vigilate", which translated from Latin is "be watchful".


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