Part II - St. Thomas#By Rainer Kroisamer: Report from a journey through the Caribbean Seas starting at Puerto Rico,visiting St.Thomas, Sint Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados.
St. Thomas is currently known as an idyllic vacation spot, but its history was not quite as peaceful. In the 18th century, the island was at the center of a bustling pirate culture and served as trading site for stolen goods. Today, St. Thomas is home to beautiful landscapes and beaches and still remains the commercial trade capital of the Caribbean, mainly in the capital city, Charlotte Amalie.
Of the more than 50 U.S. Virgin Islands, only three - St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John - have any significant populations. The islands are an unincorporated territory of the U.S., so the residents are not protected by the U.S. Constitution, do not vote in presidential elections, and have no vote in Congress. They are, however, subject to U.S. taxes.
Leaving St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, our next port of call is Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Travel distance is 110 nautical miles (= 204 kilometers).
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