Virgin Islands (British / United States) (VI)

(British; United States). Colonial possessions of the United States and the United Kingdom, forming a part of the curving chain of the Greater and Lesser Antilles separating the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, immediately east of Puerto Rico. Of the more than 90 islands and cays making up the American and British Virgin Islands, only four have any size or population of importance. Of these, three—St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix—belong to the United States, and one, Tortola, belongs to the United Kingdom. All are mountainous and of volcanic origin. The total area of the four inhabited islands is about 190 square miles (500 square kilometers), and the estimated population (1992), 112,000, most being of Black descent. After these islands were discovered by Columbus, various nati...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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