St. John, V.I. has been an American territory since 1917 after being bought from Denmark in 1917 for $25 million of gold. Denmark previously controlled St. John for approximately 245 years with Great Britain over throwing this island between 1801 - 1810 where their influence is still seen today since the islands residents drive on the left. Before all the chaos, peaceful tribes lived on the islands from before 1500 B.C. until a steady stream of Europeans began to arrive.