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As a British colony, the BVI were administered as part of the Leeward Islands Federation from 1872 to 1956.From 1902, when the local BVI legislature was abolished, to 1950, when it was reconstituted, the BVI experienced little in the way of direct governance by Great Britain.Of the present-day BVI population of twenty thousand, half are non-British Virgin Islanders drawn to work in its burgeoning tourist and financial services economies.Throughout this period of rapid growth, the BVI maintained a high degree of political and social stability and its present-day per capita income of ,903 (U.Tortola is the largest and most densely populated of the British Virgin Islands and is separated from Saint Thomas by a narrow and easily traversed sea channel.This physical proximity contributed to a long history of social and economic interaction and interdependence between the BVI and the USVI, and British Virgin Islanders reflect this history in their occasional use of the term "Virgin Islanders" to refer to themselves.Beneath Saint Ursula is a scroll that reads, in Latin, Vigilate (Be careful).
Tortola is the largest of the sixteen inhabited islands of the BVI, followed by Anegada, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke. With the exception of Anegada, which is a low-lying coral atoll, the islands of the BVI are hilly and dry, with rugged coastlines interrupted by coves, sandy beaches, and palm and mangrove swamps.
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is part of the Virgin Islands archipelago, which also includes the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) of Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix.
Christopher Columbus named the Virgin Islands after Saint Ursula and her eleven thousand martyred virgins.
Of the total BVI population, 90 percent is of African descent, with the remainder being of Amerindian, East Indian, and Middle Eastern descent, or white expatriates. English is the official language of the BVI, with both formal and creole variants spoken. British Virgin Islanders are proud of the beauty of their islands and have a strong protective attitude toward their natural resources and their land.
This is symbolized by the coat of arms that appears on the BVI flag and on many official publications that depict Saint Ursula framed by eleven oil lamps, which represent the eleven thousand virgins after whom the BVI were named.
, and were encountered by Columbus on 22 October 1493.