United States Virgin Islands

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This card comes from Arnold from Texas. 🙂 He is responsible for (so far) 4 different countries in my collection, thank you, Arnold!

The Virgin Islands of the United States are a group of islands in the Caribbean that are an insular area of the United States. The islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles.

The U.S. Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas, along with the much smaller but historically distinct Water Island, and many other surrounding minor islands. The territory’s capital is Charlotte Amalie on the island of Saint Thomas.

Formerly the Danish West Indies, they were sold to the United States by Denmark in the Treaty of the Danish West Indies of 1916. They are classified by the UN as a Non-Self-Governing Territory, and are currently an organized, unincorporated United States territory.

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Fruit market in Guadeloupe

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This very colorful card came from Olga from Guadeloupe. First of all, I was very happy to receive a card from such a hard-to-get country. And on top of that – just look how pretty this postcard is! It’s one of my favorite ones! 😀

Guadeloupe is a Caribbean island located in the Lesser Antilles, with a land area of 1,628 square kilometres and a population of 403,977 inhabitants. It is an overseas region of France, consisting of a single overseas department.

As part of France, Guadeloupe is part of the European Union and the Eurozone; hence, as for all Eurozone countries, its currency is the euro. However, as an overseas department, Guadeloupe is not part of the Schengen Area. The official language is French, although many of its inhabitants also speak Antillean Creole (Créole Guadeloupéen).

During his second trip to America, in November 1493, Christopher Columbus became the first European to land on Guadeloupe, while seeking fresh water. He called it Santa María de Guadalupe de Extremadura, after the image of the Virgin Mary venerated at the Spanish monastery of Villuercas, in Guadalupe, Extremadura. The expedition set ashore just south of Capesterre, but left no settlers behind.