A History of the Virgin Islands of the United States

A History of the Virgin Islands of the United States

A History of the Virgin Islands of the United States

A History of the Virgin Islands of the United States

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The Virgin Islands in the course of centuries have witnessed the coming and going of Ciboney, Arawak and Carib peoples, European discovery by Christopher Columbus, temporary occupation by pirates and adventurers, colonization, commercial and plantation development by Danes and other North European settlers, African slavery and its abolition, American purchase, colonial government, social and political change, and in recent years remarkable tourist and industrial developments.

These and other topics have been narrated and interpreted by Dr. Isaac Dookhan in this first comprehensive history of the U. S. Virgin Islands. Dr. Dookhan is eminently well qualified for this undertaking. He was born in the British colony of British Guiana, now independent Guyana, where he was educated in the public schools and served as teacher and headmaster. He did his baccalaureate and doctors degrees at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Under the direction of Professor Douglas Hall, he researched and wrote a Ph. D. dissertation history of the British Virgin Islands. These islands are in geographical proximity to and have had close historical ties with the U. S. Virgins. More recently he has published A Pre-Emancipation History of the West Indies. The author has drawn upon primary and secondary sources in recounting the experience of the Virgin Islands and their peoples. He is concerned with successive waves of immigrants, how they affected the physical environment and cultural life of the islands, the impact of international wars and politics, commodity price movements, and technological changes.

The Virgin Islands of the United States comprise St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix, along with some fifty-odd islets and cays. They . . .

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