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Sick of Minnesota

Weather?
Why stay in the cold harsh
winters of Minnesota when
you could be lounging on a
beach in one of our 3 islands:
St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St.
John. Why have cold and
gloomy when you can have
hot and humid and the
different between summer
and winter is a 5F
temperature change. Cmon
itll be fun!

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Islands

The American Paradise

islands in the 1600s, including Holland, France,


England, Spain, Denmark and the Knights of Malta.
But it was the Danes who established the first
settlement on St. Thomas in 1672 and St. John in
1694, and then St. Croix in 1733. A treaty with the
Dutch of Brandenburg in 1685 established St.
Thomas as a slave-trading post more than 200,000
slaves, primarily from Africas west coast, were
forcibly shipped to the islands for the backbreaking
work of harvesting cane, cotton and indigo. St. John
and St. Croix maintained a plantation economy. in
1733 slaves attacked St. Johns Fort Frederiksvaern in
Coral Bay, crippling operations for six months.
Freedom was not granted to slaves until 1848,
whenBuddhoe led a revolution on St. Croix, 17
years before emancipation in the United States. After
the discovery of the sugar beet, agriculture in the
islands declined. When the industrial revolution
ended there were no more uses for the islands as a
shipping port, thus changing the economic
environment. Not a lot was heard of the islands until
World War I, when the United States realized how the
islands could be used to their advantage and
negotiated the purchase of the islands from
Denmark. the islands were purchased in 1917, it
wasnt until 1927 that citizenship was granted to
Virgin Islander. The Organic Act of 1936 allowed
room for a senate. The island elected its first
governor Melvin H. Evans in 1970.

History
The first inhabitants, the Ciboneys, arrived on the
islands during what is considered the Pre-Ceramic
Culture. Arawaks were the next to arrive, probably
the best-known inhabitants, and those to arrive next,
were the Caribs and the peaceful Tainos. Evidence of
their time in the islands has been uncovered
recently, which includes stone griddles, zemis (small
carvings depicting the faces of their gods) and
petroglyphs. The Caribs had taken control of St.
Croix, when Christopher Columbus sailed into Salt
River on his second voyage in 1493, claiming the
islands for Spain. After renaming the island Santa
Cruz, Columbus headed north where he spotted a
chain of islands. He proclaimed they would be called
Las Once Mil Virgenes (11,000 virgins) in honor of
Ursula. Many countries expressed interest in the

Reasons to come to our


islands

St. Thomas

Come lounge on one of the best


beaches in the world on our island of
St. Thomas or rediscover our history at
museums, forts, and Historic houses.
Or maybe as the suns setting admire
a panoramic view while hiking, biking,
playing golf, or making a splash in our
turquoise waters. Attractions on this
island appeal to both those seeking
adventure and those looking for
peaceful relaxation.

St. Croix
Observe the Crucian culture in
Christiansted and Frederiksted, the
two largest towns on the island.
Explore Buck Island one of only
three underwater national
monuments in the US. Come
absorb the Caribbean sun on one of
our many breathtaking beaches.
On this island there is no excuse
not to have fun.

St.
Thomas
St. Croix
The Islands

St. John
St. John is one of the world's most
exclusive island paradises. Available
only by ship from the other islands, a
tour to St. John offers you a hideaway
like no other. St. Johns incredible
peacefulness and carefully preserved
natural beauty it is truly one of the
most unforgettable places you will
ever visit.

St. John