discovered the islands on his second voyage to the New World, landing
on St. Croix in 1493. Denmark purchased the islands
in 1733, bringing St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas under Danish rule.
The United States purchased St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas
in 1917 for $25 million in gold.
are located in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean between the Atlantic
Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. They are made up of some
50 islands and cays (pronounced "keys"),
the largest of which are St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. St. Croix's Point
Udall is the easternmost point in the United States. Two-thirds of St. John
is a United States National Park. The popular Charlotte Amalie is the
of St. Thomas.
the "Fourth Virgin Island," is
the newest addition to the U.S. Virgin Islands. This tiny Caribbean
jewel is home to a gorgeous
white-sand shore called Honeymoon Beach.