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[Solved] What group of islands used to be called the Danish West Indies?
…1. The Falkland Islands 2. The Galápagos Islands 3. The U.S. Virgin Islands 4. The Bahamas
The U.S. Virgin Islands – Located in the Caribbean, the U.S. Virgin Islands — made up of Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix — weren’t always an American territory. They were originally home to Indigenous peoples such as the Arawaks and the Caribs but were later colonized by the Spanish and the French, and eventually by the Danes, who gained full control of the three islands in the 17th century. Then called the Danish West Indies, the islands were not a particularly profitable colony, and Denmark tried several times to sell them to other imperial powers. Eventually, they found a buyer: the United States. On-and-off negotiations began in 1865 and lasted for five decades until World War I, when the islands were seen as a strategic defensive asset for the U.S. They were formally transferred from Denmark to the U.S. on March 31, 1917, in exchange for $25 million in gold coin. Transfer Day is still celebrated in the U.S. Virgin Islands to this day. :
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