/ ˈvɝːdʒən ˈaɪləndz /
Prevedi Virgin Islands na: nemački
Group of about 100 small islands, northernmost of the Leeward Islands in the Antilles, West Indies. Tourism is the main industry.
They comprise the
US Virgin Islands
St Thomas (with the capital, Charlotte Amalie), St Croix, St John, and about 50 small islets; area 350 sq km/135 sq mi; ; and the British Virgin Islands Tortola (with the capital, Road Town), Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost van Dykes, and about 40 islets; area 150 sq km/58 sq mi;
Christopher Columbus reached these islands 1493. They were divided between Britain and Denmark 1666. Denmark sold its islands to the US 1917; they form an unincorporated territory, with residents electing a governor and legislature. The British Virgin Islands have partial internal self-government.
A group of islands in northeastern West Indies (east of Puerto Rico) discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493; owned by United States and Britain.