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US Virgin Islands Flag

Shop for authentic US Virgin Islands Flags. We offer indoor and outdoor US Virgin Islands flags in durable nylon. Our outdoor flags are finished with a canvas heading, while indoor flags are finished with a lined pole hem and your choice of with or without fringe. We also offer indoor and outdoor US Virgin Islands flag sets. In addition to the flags we offer for purchase, we maintain an archive of the audio for the US Virgin Islands National Anthem, historical information about the US Virgin Islands flag, and demographic data about US Virgin Islands

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History of the US Virgin Islands Flag

The US Virgin Islands Flag features a white field with a simple version of the Coat of Arms of the United States of America. The coat of arms features a golden American Bald Eagle that is holding a sprig of green laurel in one talon and three arrows in the other talon and has a shield on its breast that is blue with red and white stripes in between a "V" and "I."

The blue, red, and white colors of the shield are the same colors as the United States of America's flag. The Laurel represents the victory, the three arrows represent the three major islands, which are, St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John, the blue color represents the sky and the waters, the gold color represents the wealth, the white represents the peace and purity, and the green color represents the hills of the islands. The "V" and "I" on each side of the eagle represent the Virgin Islands. The US Virgin Islands Flag was adopted on May 17th, 1921.

The Virgin Islands are a group of approximately 90 islands that are located in the Caribbean that were administered into two groups which were the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands. The US Virgin Islands are the most Eastern part of the territory of the United States of America. The three major islands are St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John and are often referred to as "Twin City" (St. Croix), "Rock City" (St. Thomas), and "Love City" (St. Johns). The capital is called Charlotte Amalie and is located on the major island of St. Thomas. The capital city was originally called "Taphus" or "Tap House" due to the large number of taverns that the city had but after the 30 years, the Danes changed the name to Charlotte Amalie in tribute to King Christian V’s wife. The US Virgin Islands are bordered by the British Virgin Islands, Anguila, St. Kitts and Nevis, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.

The original inhabitants of the US Virgin Islands (officially known as the Virgin Islands of the United States) were the Ciboney, Carib, and Arawaks. The Islands were first discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus but were never settled by the Spanish. Christopher Columbus named the islands "Santa Ursula y las once mil virgenes" which translates as "Saint Ursula and her 11,000 virgins." In 1672, the island of St. Thomas was settled by the Danish West India Company, in 1694, the island of St. John was settled and in 1733, the Danish West India Company bought the island of St.Croix from France. In 1754, the islands became Danish Colonies. At the start of WWI, the United States of America approached Denmark to buy the islands as they feared they would get invaded by the Germans during the war. The islands were bought by the Americans from Denmark for 25 million dollars in gold. When the islands were a Dutch Colony, the economy was completely reliant on sugarcane that was produced by the slaves that were brought to the islands. Until slavery was abolished there were approximately 22,867 slaves on St. Croix, 4,634 slaves on St. Thomas, and 2,454 slaves on St. John. The slaves were known as the "Kamina Folk" as "Kamina" symbolized the land that was being cultivated and the black people that were working on the land.

Today, the US Virgin Islands economy is mainly reliant on tourism and is a very popular attraction, especially for shopping.

Geographic Coordinates
18 20 N, 64 50 W
Area
1,910 sq km
Population
109,775
Life Expectancy
79.19 years
Capital
Charlotte Amalie
GDP
$1.577 billion (2004 est.)
Unemployment
6.2% (2004)
Currency
U.S. Dollar (USD)
Calling Code
+1 340
Internet TLD
.vi

Virgin Islands National Anthem

Virgin Islands March

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Lyrics

All hail our Virgin Islands.
Em'ralds of the sea,
Where beaches bright with coral sand
And trade winds bless our native land.
All hail our Virgin Islands,
Bathed in waters blue,
We give our loyalty,
Full to thee,
And pledge allegiance forever true.

To thee our Virgin Islands,
Loving voices raise
A song in praise of brotherhood,
Where right makes might to fight for good.
To thee our Virgin Islands,
Haven of the free,
We sing our love to thee,
Joyously,
Our own fair islands of liberty.

March on oh Virgin Islands,
In the joyful throng,
Uphold the right and right the wrong
Where only peace and love belong.
March on oh Virgin Islands,
Democratic land.
Together hand in hand,
Take your stand,
Forever soldiers in freedom's band.

God bless our Virgin Islands,
Humbly now we pray,
Where all mankind can join today
In friendly warmth of work and play.
God bless our Virgin Islands,
Beautiful and tall.
Beneath a sunny sky,
Hilltops high
Hold out a welcome for one and all.