About St. Croix
St. Croix was originally inhabited by tribes of Arawak and Carib peoples. Christopher Columbus discovered the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1493. Columbus believed that he had made it to India!
Leaving St. Croix, Christopher Columbus went on to new discoveries, and the Spanish abandoned the island. The Caribs continued their existence on St. Croix for about a decade following Columbus' visit. Over time, other Europeans began making the journey to the area. In the seventeenth century, the Dutch, French, and then the English settled St. Croix. Eventually, they abandoned their settlements, and the Spanish gained control in 1650. The French later returned and removed the Spanish from power.
St. Croix history records that the Danish bought the island back from the French in 1733. U.S. Virgin Island history states that while the island was a part of the Danish West Indies it became a major force in sugar production.
A Major U.S. Virgin Island History Milestone
In 1917, all of the U.S. Virgin Islands were sold by Denmark to the United States of America for $25 million in gold. In 1936, the passing of “The Organic Act” made St. Croix self-governing.
Throughout St. Croix history, the island has flown seven different flags. It has been colonized by Spain, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, the Knights of Malta, Denmark, and the United States.
Things to Do
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