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British Virgin Islands. History

British Virgin Islands.
   Some historical facts

Arawaks and Caribs initially occupied the British Virgin Islands, but in 1555 these islands were invaded by Europeans and by 1596 most of the indigenous population was decimated. Dutch buccaneers held Tortola until it was taken over in 1666 by English planters, who established a plantation economy and for the next 150 years, developed the sugar industry through the labor of African slaves. When slavery was abolished in 1838, the plantation economy quickly faltered and the majority of the white population left for Europe.
The islands dozed, a forgotten corner of the British Empire, until 1966 when a new constitution granting greater autonomy to the islands was approved. while the governor is still appointed by the Queen of England, his or her limited powers concentrate on external affairs and local security.

British Virgin Islands