Sunday, May 20, 2007

Natural Beauty of Saint John, US Virgin Islands

Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and named in honour of Saint Ursula as the Island of Eleven Thousand Virgins, the island of St. John in Caribbean was recently voted the region’s best-known destination.

Smallest of three US’s controlled Virgin Islands, (there is another group of islands with the same name that is under the control of UK’s government) the island is basically uninhabited as most of it is designated as a National Park.

Originally populated by Arawak Indians from Columbia and Venezuela in South America, they were later replaced by another warrior Indian group, Carib Indians. During the 16 century, Dutch government took controlled of the islands and use them for sugar plantations as the heat and fertile soil was deemed excellent for such plants.

In 1917 US government bought the group from the Dutch government for US 25 million and granted it’s a full District status, and its residents became full-fledge US citizens but without voting rights.

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