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Special Territories and Administrative Regions > US Virgin Islands

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During the 17th century, the archipelago was divided into two territorial units, one English and the other Danish. Sugarcane, produced by slave labor, drove the islands' economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the US purchased the Danish portion, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848.

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none

Population:

108,708

GDP per capita:

$22,997.39 per capita

Alternative names:

Virgin Islands (US), Virgin Islands, , VI


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