Virgin Islands (British) stamps

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British Virgin Islands

The Virgin Islands are an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, part of the Leeward Islands. The islands are divided into two parts, one of which, the British Virgin Islands, is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. The other is the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States. Christopher Columbus named the islands Santa Ursula y las Once Mil Virgines (shortened to Las Virgines), after St Ursula and her 11,000 Virgins. They were inhabited by Carib Indians, whom Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor wiped out when he took over the islands in 1555 for the Holy Roman Empire.The islands were later peopled by Africans who were enslaved on sugar plantations, and on at least one indigo plantation. The sugar plantations are now gone, but the descendents of the slaves are still there, sharing a common West Indian culture with the other English-speaking islands of the Caribbean. Tourism is now the main industry.


#94

Scott: #94O

Issued: 10.10.1949

UPU Issue

Inside #94: Stamps on Envelopes


#169-72

Scott: #169-72P

Issued: 25.4.1966

Centenary, Virgin Islands Postage Stamps

#1 Inside #170-1: Virgin Islands #1O

#2a  Inside #170, #172: Virgin Islands #2O

Thanks to Sergei Divid for the scan


%23360%23361%23362

Scott: #360-2P

Issued: 1.10.1979

Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill

#118 Inside #360: Virgin Islands #118O

#11 Inside #361: Virgin Islands #11O

Scan not available Inside #362: Virgin Islands G. B. SG #266a (not issued)

#363

Scott: #363O

VIR M5 Inside #363: Virgin Islands #8cO

Thanks to Komlóssy Zoltán for the scan


#390%23389

Scott: #389-90P

Issued: 7.7.1979

Overprint #361-2


#409-12

Scott: #409-12O

Issued: 16.9.1981

25th Anniversary, Duke of Edinburgh's Awards

Inside #409: Stamp Collecting


#590-3

Scott: #590-3P

Issued: 17.12.1987

200th Anniversary, Postal Service

#7 Inside #590: Virgin Islands #7O

#22 Inside #591: Virgin Islands #22O

#7 Inside #592: Virgin Islands #5O

#154 Inside #593: Virgin Islands #154O

#594

Scott: #594O

#10 Inside #594: Virgin Islands #10O


1997

Scott: #857aO

Issued: ??.??.1997

Hong Kong 97

Inside #857a (In margin): Pseudo Stamp


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