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Islands are an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, part of the Leeward Islands.
The islands are divided into two parts, one of which, the British Virgin
Islands, is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
The other is the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is an unincorporated and organized
territory of the United
States. Christopher Columbus named the islands Santa Ursula y las Once Mil
Virgines (shortened to Las Virgines), after St Ursula and her 11,000 Virgins.
They were inhabited by Carib Indians, whom Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor wiped
out when he took over the islands in 1555 for the Holy Roman Empire.The islands
were later peopled by Africans who were enslaved on sugar plantations, and on
at least one indigo plantation. The sugar plantations are now gone, but the
descendents of the slaves are still there, sharing a common West Indian culture
with the other English-speaking islands of the
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