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Panoramic view of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 1922
A panoramic view of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in 1922

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U.S. Took Ownership of the Virgin Islands
March 31, 1917

Even though Denmark was an officially neutral country during the American Revolution (it was neither on the side of the Colonies nor the British), there was one case of arms and supplies smuggled to the Americans from the island of St. Croix. The Interior Department report states that, as the supplies were being passed, salutes were exchanged "between a merchantman flying the Grand Union flag [America's flag] and Fort Frederik at the west end of St. Croix." Their salute was "the first acknowledgment of the American flag from foreign soil."

Today, the U.S. Virgin Islands are a popular vacation spot. If you visit them you can still see the fields of sugarcane that grow there and imagine how life on the islands used to be.

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