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RESEARCHLocated near the coast of Florida, the Virgin Islands is a highlight for tourism throughout the year. The Virgin Islands itself is divided between the United States and the United Kingdom. The United States Virgin Islands consists of about 54 islands including 4 big islands: St. Croix, St. Thomas, St.

John and Water Island (1). St. Thomas, where Mike is from, is the capital of the Islands. It is largely mountainous and many of the roads throughout the island had views of the ocean, Although the US Virgin Islands are similar/ a part of the United States, it’s different from the United States in multiple ways. For example, the prices are higher on the islands (2). The people who live in the Virgin Islands make 37% less money than those living in the United States (3). Many who come from the islands move away because financially the United State’s cost of living is cheaper.

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The beaches are amongst the most viewed in the world. It is a huge tourist attraction.Individuals from the US Virgin Islands are called “Virgin Islanders”. The name came from Christopher Columbus in 1493 when he had been searching for a route to India. On the way, he stopped on the now US Virgin Islands and called the beautiful islands “The Virgins” in reference to St. Ursula and her 11,000 virgins. Mike mentioned in the interview about the ‘first slave revolt’. Which I learned happened in 1685.

The governors at the time approved of the Islands becoming a safe haven for pirates. It wasn’t until the 1800s that St. Thomas influenced a different society. The 1848 rebellion on St, Croix was what prompted that “all unfree in the Danish West Indies were from that day free” (4). On July 3rd, 1848 slavery was abolished (4). In 1917 the United States wanted to improve military positioning and brought the islands for $25 million in gold (4).

According to Vinow, “The territory is under the jurisdiction of the president of the United States of America and residents are American citizens”. To conclude this personal interview, I have learned a lot about Mike, his experiences, and his birthplace. I learned how different the US Virgin Islands are from the United States. It was interesting reading about the history of the Islanders and researching other stories about experiences on the islands. So many islands are a part of the United States without acknowledgment. Talking to Mike was definitely an eye opener, hearing his story in an interview setting was different from just talking to him on a regular day. I was worried about his answers to some of my questions, but I figured you would like honest feedback.

During the interview, I could tell that as I asked more in-depth questions, he started putting more thought into the answers he gave me. The challenge really started during the second interview. When we had to switch to the email interview. I had a hard time getting Mike to reply to my emails in a timely matter. It was also challenging trying to get more in-depth replies from him.


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