It is part of an island chain collectively known as the Virgin Islandswhich makes up the northeastern extremity of the Greater Antilles. Puerto Rico lies to the west. The chief town and port is Road Town on Tortola 21 square miles [54 square km]the largest of the islands.
InChristopher Columbus visited these islands. He had been searching for a route to India and consequently he called the people he encountered Indians. Ursula and her 11, virgins.
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The History of the British Virgin Islands is usually, for convenience, broken up into five separate periods:. These time periods are used for convenience only. There appears to be an uncertain period of time from when the last Arawak left what would later be called the British Virgin Islands until the first Europeans started to settle there in the early 17th century, when records of any settlement are unclear.
The islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. The British Virgin Islands were first settled by the Dutch in and taken over in by a group of English planters. In constitutional government was granted.
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Virgin Islands: A Historical Timeline. The Ciboney people inhabit the islands during the Stone Age. They construct tools out of flint but leave few other artifacts behind.
The official name of the Territory is still simply the "Virgin Islands", but the prefix "British" is often used to distinguish it from the neighbouring American territory which changed its name from the "Danish West Indies" to "Virgin Islands of the United States" in British Virgin Islands government publications continue to begin with the name "The Territory of the Virgin Islands", and the Territory's passports simply refer to the "Virgin Islands", and all laws begin with the words "Virgin Islands". Moreover, the Territory's Constitutional Commission has expressed the view that "every effort should be made", to encourage the use of the name "Virgin Islands".
These are external links and will open in a new window. The British Virgin Islands, or BVI, comprise more than 40 Caribbean islands and islets with subtropical vegetation, white sandy beaches and coral reefs. The British overseas territory forms part of an island chain, alongside the neighbouring US Virgin Islands.