April 25, 2017

Today in History: U.S. Virgin Islands

The harbor, Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands

Today in History–March 31–the Library of Congress features the U.S. Virgin Islands. On this date in 1917, the United States took formal possession of the Danish West Indies, renaming them the Virgin Islands. The U.S. purchased the islands from Denmark for $25 million because of their strategic location near the Panama Canal. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to learn more about these beautiful Caribbean islands.

U.S. Virgin Islands primary source set World Digital Library

U.S. Virgin Islands image set

U.S. Virgin Islands legislation

Virgin Islands historical newspaper coverage 1917

Virgin Islands historical newspaper coverage 1918-24

Danish West Indies historic newspaper coverage 1836-1916

Guide to Law Online: U.S. Virgin Islands (An Unincorporated U.S. Territory)

Panama Canal primary source collection

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