Alton Augustus Adams: One of the Best-Known Musicians of the U. S. Virgin Islands
Thomas, Dale, Journal of Band Research
In the spring of 1917, the United States was about to enter World War I. To prevent a German presence in the region, the United States purchased the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million dollars.
Negotiations to sell the islands to the United States began in 1865, although they were not concluded until 1917. Indeed, the Danish government approved the sale of Saint Thomas and Saint John in 1867. However, the American U. S. Senate, caught up in the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, failed to ratify the treaty.1
After more negotiations, however, the official transfer of the entire Virgin Islands occurred on March 31, 1917. The islands were immediately placed …
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Publication information: Article title: Alton Augustus Adams: One of the Best-Known Musicians of the U. S. Virgin Islands. Contributors: Thomas, Dale - Author. Journal title: Journal of Band Research. Volume: 41. Issue: 1 Publication date: Fall 2005. Page number: 30+. © Troy University Fall 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.