The U.S. Virgin Islands are a group of islands in the Caribbean, consisting of Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas, as well as a number of smaller islands. They are located about 40 miles east of Puerto Rico, just west of the British Virgin Islands. The population is just over 100,000 citizens, with tourism as the primary economic activity. They receive two million visitors per year, many from cruise ships.
The islands were sold to the United States by Denmark in 1916 and are considered an organized United States territory. The islands have attempted to pass a Constitution, although it has been rejected by the U.S. Congress over the years.
Citizens of the U.S. Virgin Islands are U.S. citizens, although they are not allowed to vote in presidential elections. They do elect a delegate that is sent to Congress, although this delegate is unable to participate in floor votes. They also have their own legislature, with a territorial governor elected every four years. The demographics of the islands are largely Black or Afro-Caribbean, with the White population being the largest minority.
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