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Danish Flag

Blog: The Danish West Indies

Categories: History

The United States bought the Virgin Islands in 1917. In the last 86 years under the American flag the islands have seen a change in the economy from a historically agricultural economy based on sugar and cotton production to tourism and industry, an increase in population, advancement in technology, local elections vs. appointment of leaders, […]

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Genip

Blog: Local Fruit – Genips

Categories: Nature

A VInow.com community member recently asked on the Message Board; “what are those small green fruits”? We figured other visitors might want to know too. And the answer: Genips! Genip trees are native or naturalised over a large part of the Caribbean, Mexico and parts of Central and South America. They can be found on […]

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Lindquist Beach & Smith Bay Park

Blog: Lindquist Beach & Smith Bay Park

Categories: St. Thomas Blog Stories

Edward O’Neil wrote in a book about the U.S. Virgin Islands that: “Lindquist’s Beach on St. Thomas’s north shore, a favorite spot with the island-born for group picnics, is what residents say the Virgin Islands were like twenty years ago. You reach it by a sandy track that runs about 300 yards off Red Hook […]

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Conch

Blog: The Queen Conch

Categories: Nature

On a recent visit to Lameshur Bay on St. John, I sat enjoying the scenery when I noticed a snorkeler get out of the water nearby with a conch in hand. I caught up to her and explained that the conch should stay in the water and taking it was illegal. She replied that she […]

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Seahorse

Blog: Seahorses

Categories: Nature

A dance, joined they slowly move together, their heads touch… sounds romantic doesn’t it? This is seahorse courtship, and it’s just the beginning! If a pair bond forms it may last the entire breeding season and possibly over several seasons – monogamous fish. And most interesting, it is the male that becomes pregnant and during […]

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Tamarind

Blog: Local Fruit – Tamarind

Categories: Nature

A few years ago while visiting Estate Whim Plantation on St. Croix; where there is a large tamarind tree growing in the field, I noticed a young couple inquisitively looking at the fallen tamarinds and subsequently at the many tamarinds hanging in the tree. I could hear them talking. They thought perhaps the tamarinds were […]

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The Calabash

Blog: The Calabash

Categories: Nature

If you have visited the U.S. Virgin Islands you may have heard or seen the word calabash. There are vacation rentals with calabash in the name, as well as a real estate agency. There is a neighborhood on St. John called Calabash Boom. There is reggae musician that grew up on St. Thomas that goes […]

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Reef

Blog: Coral Reefs 101

Categories: Nature

When visiting different parks and nature reserves there is often a trademark regulation that sticks in a visitors mind. In caves it is don’t touch the stalagmites, stalactites and other formations. In deserts it’s don’t crush the soil crust, stay on trails. In parks with bears, it’s don’t leave food out. In the U.S. Virgin […]

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Sugar Apple

Blog: What’s Growing in the Backyard – Part 2

Categories: Nature

In part one of What’s Growing in the Backyard (included in last month’s newsletter) we talked about some great local fruit that were in season during the summer months. One of the fruit mentioned was mango, and while my mango tree is done fruiting for this season, a few other trees have just gotten started. […]

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Blog: Blast from the Past – Vintage USVI

Categories: History

Have you ever cleaned your house with a hand-made broom made from native USVI Teyer Palm? Do you know what a ‘goose’ is, the type you iron with? How about a coal pot, ever use one of those to cook? These three items conjure up lots of memories for many Virgin Islanders; and today we […]

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