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British Virgin Islands : Discover the country's culture

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Norman Island, located south of Tortola, is a beautiful setting.

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Like most islands in the Caribbean, calypso and reggae music are part of the traditional music in the British Virgin Islands.

British Virgin Islands : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

About 100 years before Jesus Christ, the Arawaks, Indians from South America, settled on the archipelago.
Around the mid-15th century, they are joined and chased away by the Caribbean Indians.
In 1493, Christopher Columbus discovers the archipelago and gives it the name of the Virgin Islands.
In 1648, The Dutch take control of the archipelago.
In 1666, the Virgin Islands are given back to the British.
In 1774, the archipelago's first Constitution is created.
In 1834, slavery is abolished.
From 1871 to 1956, the islands are part of the Under-the-Wind Island Federation.
In 1956, the archipelago becomes a British colony.
In 1967, the archipelago has a new Constitution and becomes autonomous.
In 1977, the Constitution is amended, but the British Virgin Island keeps the status of colony.
For a couple of years now, there has been discussion about uniting the archipelago to the US Virgin Islands.

British Virgin Islands : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events

Events

January 1.
New Year's Day.
March 11
Commonwealth Day.
End of March or beginnig of April.
Good Friday.
Easter.
In April.
Spring boat race in Road Town.
April 30.
Queen's birthday.
End of May or beginning of June.
Whit Monday.
End of June or beginning of July.
Hiho windsurf races.
July 1st.
Independence Day.
In August.
Tortola Festival with music and carnival.
October 21st.
St. Ursula
December 25 and 26.
Christmas and Boxing Day.

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