This Wednesday when the April A to Z Challenge begins on April 1st, I’ll be writing about the Second World War every day except Sunday for 26 days.  You can see the list of subjects on my Blogging from A to Z Challenge page.  Today I write about a place of beauty something very far from the subject of war.

On March 31, 1917, the U.S. took formal possession of the Danish West Indies. Renamed the Virgin Islands, this chain consists of St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John and about fifty other small islands, most of which are uninhabited. Lying about sixty-five kilometers east of Puerto Rico at the end of the Greater Antilles, the U.S. purchased the islands from Denmark for $25 million because of their strategic location in relation to the Panama Canal.

Source: Library of Congress

St.-Thomas-Virgin-IslandsSt. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

St CroixSt. Croix, US Virgin Islands

stJohn_trunkBay_01St. John, US Virgin Islands


3 responses

  1. a gray says:

    I wonder what role the U.S. Virgin Islands played in anti-submarine warfare during World War II.


  2. Birgit says:

    Ok-when are we going:) This looks like paradise