Want to use this USVI map? Paradise Islands grants permission for this image to be copied or downloaded for personal use or for school projects without requesting permission from the copyright owner. Paradise Islands does not grant permission for this map of the USVI to be used for any general and commercial website illustration, within blogs or chat sites (please link to this page or link directly to the JPG image file, see below).
Copyright Paradise Islands Caribbean travel guide. No reproduction on the Internet. All rights reserved.
Print this image? Please click this link for the JPG file (800 x 530 pixels): USVI Map
Link to this page? Please use this page URL: http://www.paradise-islands.org/usvi/map.htm
The United States Virgin Islands lie east of Puerto Rico and comprise the main islands of St Thomas, St Croix & St John and numerous smaller atolls including Water Island, Buck Island and Hans Lollik. The United States Virgin Islands are part of the Caribbean Leeward Islands. The USVI has some of the best known sailing waters in the World; attracting thousands of private yachts and boats annually.
The islands were first spotted by Columbus on his 2nd trip to the West Indies in 1493. Christopher Columbus sailed the waters and named the isles in memory of St Ursula and her 11,000 virgin followers. This 2nd voyage to the Caribbean he didn't stop at the "Islas Virgines", but he spotted and named St Croix (Columbus called "Santa Cruz") and the BVI isles of Virgin Gorda, Tortola & Peter Island.
Christopher Columbus was heading for the neighbouring island Hispaniola (Puerto Rico / Haiti) with a fleet of ships and settlers to try and establish a permanent settlement on Hispaniola. The previous year, Columbus had lost a ship in a storm and he leave many of his crew behind on the island of Puerto Rico. In 1493 he returned and found that all of his crew had be slaughtered by the natives.
Other Maps: Caribbean | Virgin Islands | British Virgin Islands | Tortola | Virgin Gorda | Jost Van Dyke | Anegada | Necker Island | BVI | St Thomas | St John | Caribbean Greater Antilles | Caribbean Lesser Antilles | Bahamas