10 Interesting Facts about The Virgin Islands

One of these following facts about the Virgin Islands should have opened up your knowledge about this place. The Virgin Islands are a group of islands in the Caribbean that are an insular area of the United States. The islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. It consist of the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas, along with the much smaller but historically distinct Water Island, and many other surrounding minor islands. To get to know more about this place, here are some other facts about The Virgin Islands you may like.

Facts about the Virgin Islands 1: The Flag

The flag of the Virgin Islands was adopted in 1921. It is made up of an eagle holding an olive branch in one claw, and three arrows in the other. The arrows represent the three major islands and the V and I on the left and right are for Virgin Islands.

Facts about the Virgin Islands 2: Crown Mountain

The highest point on the Virgin Islands is only 474 meters high? It is called Crown Mountain, and is small in comparison to the larger mountains found in the rest of the world.

Facts about the Virgin Islands - Flag

Facts about the Virgin Islands – Flag

Facts about the Virgin Islands 3: Official Music

The official music of the Virgin Islands is called quelbe. It is a distinctive form of music created by scratch bands (or fungi bands as they’re more often known as). These bands use improvised musical instruments such as washboards and gourds to create their own originial sound and beat.

Facts about the Virgin Islands 4: Population

As of July 2005,  the population of the Virgin Islands was only 108, 708 people. That’s not even double North Bay’s population.

Facts about the Virgin Islands - Magens Bay

Facts about the Virgin Islands – Magens Bay

Facts about the Virgin Islands 5: Wandering Donkey

When driving in the Virgin Islands, wild donkeys will wander on the roads. Also, there are signs along the streets advising people not to go near them because, even though they look tame, they’re actually quite dangerous and are capable of breaking bones when they kick.

Facts about the Virgin Islands 6: Toxic Tree

There are toxic trees on the islands. They are called Machineel trees, and visitors are advised not to stand under one in the rain because runoff will cause painful blisters on the skin. Christopher Columbus wrote about these trees in some of his journals and referred to their fruit as “death apples”.

Facts about the Virgin Islands - Trunk Bay

Facts about the Virgin Islands – Trunk Bay

Facts about the Virgin Islands 7: Killer Mongoose

The mongoose was introduced to the Virgin Islands about a century ago to kill rats. The positive side is that the rat population dropped dramatically in this region, but the negative side to this is that the mongoose multiplied extremely rapidly and the area now has a problem of an overpopulation of mongoose instead of rats.

Facts about the Virgin Islands 8: Century Plant

The Virgin Islands are one of the only regions in North America that you can find the “century plant”. This rare plant species can be found of several of the Islands’ beaches, and is called the century plant because it takes 15-20 years to bloom, and then it dies shortly afterwards.

Facts about the Virgin Islands - Charlotte Amalie

Facts about the Virgin Islands – Charlotte Amalie

Facts about the Virgin Islands 9: Oldest Rocks

The oldest rocks on the island of St. John emerged roughly 108 million years ago. These are sedimentary rocks that were formed from early organisms’ bodies after they died.

Facts about the Virgin Islands 10: Tourist Attractions

There are about 550,000 people that travel to or are tourists every year to the US Virgin Islands, about 5 times more than the actual population. Attractions include the beaches, diving, boating, fishing, and other warm weather on the ocean activities.

Facts about the Virgin Islands - Century Plant

Facts about the Virgin Islands – Century Plant

Those who love to travel around the world might have liked the Virgin Islands to visits. Hope you would find those Virgin Islands facts interesting and useful for your first holiday destination.

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