St. Thomas, V.I. has been an American territory since 1917 after beging bought from Denmark in 1917 for $25 million of gold. Denmark previously controlled St. Thomas for approximately 245 years with Great Britain taking over the island between 1801 - 1816 during the Napoleonic wars. The British influence still exists today where driving on the left is the norm in this otherwise American island. Before all the chaos, peaceful tribes lived on the islands from before 1500 B.C. until Europeans started colonizing the islands.

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Tribal migratory peoples that had societies here had their own name for the island, but in our recent recorded history, Columbus named this island Santa Ana for the mother of Saint Ursula.

Formed by volcanic activity and the changing crust of the earth’s surface, St. Thomas was destined for greatness after being created approximately 106 million years ago. Originally inhabited by ancient peoples of African decent called “Indians,” today is a huge melting pot of many different nationalities. Many different European countries including Spain, England, Netherlands, France, England, Knights of Malta, Denmark, and the United States have colonized St. Thomas. Today it is an Unincorporated U.S. territory.

St. Thomas is located 18 degrees north and 64 degrees west of Greenwich. It is approximately 1,100 miles south east of Florida. One of four islands and forty-six cays that make up the Virgin Islands most are owned by the United States. Next-door neighbors to the British Virgin Islands that are comprised of four (4) main islands and has 50 cays and 10 islets. Only five miles away, even on a hazy day one look from the North of St. Thomas reveals Tortola and many of the cays and islands that inspired Christopher Columbus into naming these islands for the eleven thousand mythical virgins that followed Saint Ursula to martyrdom in Rome.

 

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Ancient Era

+3500 B.C.: Ceramic tribes. Highly civilized and able to make some incredible pottery, a
testament to their civilization and long existence. Proves that any tribes after
must have been civilized also.

+1500 B.C.: People living in St. Thomas of African origin with Negroid type
Features. Bones were actually found that supports this claim at Hull Bay.
Those bones were carbon dated to 1250 B.C. but we must assume logically
that they were here and probably mixed with the Indian tribes because of
their similar nature and culture.

There were several tribes: Ceramic, Ciboney, Arawaks, and the Caribs.
These peoples lived off of vegetables, and fish primarily and were civilized.
Probably because they fought a good fight is the reason Columbus said
that they were cannibals and everyone else has described them as such after
him. There is absolutely no evidence what so ever that proves that the Caribs
were cannibals. There are many ways to discover this as a truth if it was,
through abrasions to bones, evident in archaeological finds etc.

 

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Diving at the St. Thomas Diving Club!

Two locations are covered on this dive experience. One is a reef dive and the other is wreck dive. You are sure to see some sea life if not some turtles in Turtle Cove, where you will snorkel in these pristine waters.

There are scheduled times between 8:30 AM and 12:00 Noon and 1:00-4:45 PM.

 

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This relaxing tour is a special treat for all. It is laced with the excitement of the past, the reality of the present and an understanding of the future. Articulate guides will walk, then drive you through the historical district pointing out all of the historical sights on our beautiful ocean front capital; Charlotte Amalie. St. Thomas is rich in history having been settled by Spanish, English, Dutch, France and others, it is a history buffs dream. You will be amazed by the information. We recount the days of slavery and the times of the tribes. Historical traditional medicines and musical instruments that were derived from trees. Nothing is left undone. We even use unique tour routes that are designed by artistic and creative tour specialists. Try an experience of a lifetime.

 

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This tour is a specialized tour like our Historical Tour I - ST.Thomas, but without the walking involved, very convenient. Stops are made to illustrate, recite, entertain and take pictures. This experience is a combination of human historical chronolgy, an introduction to Caribbean culture and that which originated specifically from St. Thomas. It covers local life: statistics, politics, geography, flora and fauna and of course a little African, European, and Danish history. We drive through the island looking at Emancipation Garden, Frenchtown, German headquarters, historical churches, University of the Virgin Islands, Magens Bay, Hull Bay, St. John, Tortola, St. Croix, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra and many cays and islets. We make the history come alive with this interactive tour that also covers the chronology of events that brought the island to the present.

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This tour will blow your mind with all of its elements. An absolute world class experience. You will get to see 75% of the island, the capital, the University of the Virgin Islands, North Side, many cays that inspired Columbus'; "las once mil virgenes" remarks while sailing through these waters.

We also take you to the highest point, Mountain Top (1556 ft.) where they serve a world famous banana daiquiri from there you can see Magen's Bay Beach, the British Virgin Islands St. John and over eleven cays. We have the best tour guides in the business and we only use the best of the best to conduct our General Tour; it is important to us. This tour is loaded with solid historical and statistical information and lots of surprises.

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St. Thomas is pretty small, so if you are coming to swim, why not visit and dip in a few of their world famous beaches!? We accomplish this by designing this special tour route that allows you to see the most important aspects of St. Thomas - the beaches!!!

This is a two hour tour with three hours or more to swim on a beach of your choice. We visit five beaches and also get to see 85% of the entire island. We discuss all that relates to the ocean such as the depths of ocean that surround us including the various ocean trenches, coral reefs, marine life, sport fishing records, whale migratory paths and more.

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