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First inhabited by Arawak and later by Carib Indians, the Virgin Islands were settled by the Dutch in 1648 and then annexed by the English in 1672. The islands were part of the British colony of the Leeward Islands from 1872-1960; they were granted autonomy in 1967. The economy is closely tied to the larger and more populous US Virgin Islands to the west; the US dollar is the legal currency.


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Military

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 7,266 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 6,057
Females age 16-49 5,805 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 168
Female 162 (2010 est.)

Military - note
Defense is the responsibility of the UK


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British Virgin Islands [ United Kingdom ] (Overseas Territory):


GPS points from British Virgin Islands [ United Kingdom ] (Overseas Territory)

Fishers Cove British Virgin Islands (general)

Mountain Trunk Bay British Virgin Islands (general)

Windlass Bight British Virgin Islands (general)

Pond Bay British Virgin Islands (general)

Rough Point British Virgin Islands (general)

Peters Island British Virgin Islands (general)

The Bluff British Virgin Islands (general)

Joes Hill Ghut British Virgin Islands (general)




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