British Virgin Islands

  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. The Virgin Islands were discovered by Columbus on his second voyage in 1493. The British Virgin Islands were first settled by the Dutch in 1648 and taken over in 1666 by a group of English planters. In 1774 constitutional government was granted. The Islands became a self-governing dependent territory of the UK in 1967.

Further Reading

  1. Economic Review 1987 — British Virgin Islands. Development Planning Unit, 1987Google Scholar
  2. Dookham, I., A History of the British Virgin Islands. Epping, 1975Google Scholar
  3. Harrigan, N. and Varlack, P., British Virgin Islands: A Chronology. London, 1971Google Scholar
  4. Pickering, V. W., Early History of the British Virgin Islands. London, 1983Google Scholar
  5. Library: Public Library, Road Town. Librarian: Bernadine LouisGoogle Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1991

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  • Brian Hunter

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