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Virgin Islands of the United States

Flag of United States Virgin Islands
Location of United States Virgin Islands
and largest city
Charlotte Amalie
Official languages English
Ethnic groups
black 79.7%, white 7.1%, Asian 0.8%, mixed or other 12.4%[1]
  • U.S. Virgin Islander
Government Unincorporated, organized territory
• President
Barack Obama (D)
• Governor
John de Jongh (D)
Gregory R. Francis (D)
Unincorporated territory of the United States
March 31, 1917
July 22, 1954
• Total
346.36 km2 (133.73 sq mi) (202nd)
• Water (%)
• 2010 census
• Density
354/km2 (916.9/sq mi) (42nd)

The United States Virgin Islands are a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. They are currently owned and under the authority of the United States Government. They used to be owned by Denmark (and called Danish West Indies). They were sold to the U.S on January 17, 1917, because of fear that the Germans would capture them and use them as a submarine base in World War I. They are the only part of the U.S. where vehicles drive on the left hand side of the road.


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  2. Only U.S. dependency to drive on the left.

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