A while back when Jim and I were discussing honeymoon options, I had bookmarked some links that featured Virgin Island yacht charters. Someone I used to work with went on her honeymoon to one of these places and went on and on about how lovely everything was.
Here’s a few pics I snagged off the ‘net:
Pretty, huh? Yeah, that’s definitely a place I’d mark down on my “To Do Someday” list.
An interesting bit of history I ran across while looking for pics:
Here is a bit of history on the US Virgin Islands – The original inhabitants of the islands were the tribes, Carib, Ciboney, and Arawaks. It was Christopher Columbus who christened them “Virgin Islands”, after Saint Ursula and her virgin followers, during his second voyage to the American continent in 1493. In the next three hundred odd years, the islands would come under various European powers, and Denmark being the main rulers.
The Danish West India Company settled in St Johns in 1672, and later on St John in 1694, before purchasing St Croix as well from the French in 1733. Subsequently, the islands were declared the Royal Danish Colonies in 1754 and a thriving sugar cane industry fuelled its economy in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
During the World War I, fearing Germany would set up a submarine base in these islands, United States approached Denmark with a request to sell the islands to them. Willingly, or fearing a military action by the US in the event of an emergency, which looked like a good possibility given the political conditions of the then Europe, something one never knew, Denmark agreed for the trade off and subsequently US gained possession of the Danish West Indies by paying $25 million to the Danish government. The inhabitants of the islands were given US citizenship in 1927.
Hrm, learn something new every day …