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History of the British Virgin Islands

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This is the history of the British Virgin Islands. See also the history of the U.S. Virgin Islands, history of the Caribbean, history of present-day nations and states.

First settled by the Dutch in 1648, the British Virgin Islands were soon after (1672) annexed by the English. At the end of World War I "British" was incorporated in its name as the United States purchased the adjacent Danish West Indies from Denmark, renamimg them the U.S. Virgin Islands. The economy is closely tied to the larger and more populous U.S. Virgin Islands to the west; the US dollar is the legal currency.

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