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The Virgin Islands are an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The islands are divided into two parts, one of which (British Virgin Islands) is a dependent territory of the United Kingdom and the other (U.S. Virgin Islands) is a dependent territory of the United States.

Christopher Columbus named the islands "St Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins". We now call them just the Virgin Islands. 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. The sugar plantations are now gone, but the descendents of the slaves are still there, sharing a common West Indian culture with Jamaica and the other English-speaking islands of the Caribbean. Tourism is now the main industry.

On both the British and the US Virgin Islands, cars are driven on the left-hand side of the road and the currency is the US dollar.

From the CIA World Factbook 2000. Not Wikified.

For details about the British Virgin Islands see

For details about the U.S. Virgin Islands see

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