BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
- Location : Caribbean
- Capital: Road Town
- Language: English
- Population: 27,000
- Total Area: 153km2
- Currency: U.S. Dollar
A huge chunk of the local populace are those with roots in Africa and those with a mixed ancestry (these are called the mulattoes). In other parts of the Caribbean, mulattoes are also called mestizos. Those with African roots descended from slaves shipped centuries ago to work on the sugar plantations of the Caribbean. Apart from these ethnic groups, others include the Europeans many of whom have ancestors who had migrated from the British Isles. The most widely used language on the islands is English (this is the British Virgin Islands!). However, you will find the brand of English on the islands quite amazing. The dialect is localized and has a typical ‘Caribbean’ accent. As in many other islands visited, the principal religion is Christianity and the main sects are the Methodists, Anglicans and Catholics. A handful of the adherents of other faiths are also found on the islands. Many of the locals are heavily involved in the thriving tourist industry of the islands.
- The drainage of the British Virgin Islands is unique in the sense that there are no permanent rivers.
- The first European to set his eyes on the BVI was Christopher Columbus.
- The islands have been ruled by the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.Mosquito Island, owned by the billionaire, Sir Richard Branson is part of the BVI.
- There is a Governor for the islands who acts on behalf of the Queen of England.
- BVI is one of the best known offshore financial centers in the world.
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