WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
A DANE DEAL
Profile America — Wednesday, January 18th. This week in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson signed a treaty approved the preceding September providing for the purchase of some delightful Caribbean real estate just east of Puerto Rico. For the sum of $25 million, the U.S. took possession on March 31 of the Danish West Indies. Renamed the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint Thomas, Saint John and Saint Croix were administered by the Navy until 1932. By the following year, the islands' residents were extended U.S. citizenship. Previously, they were deemed U.S. nationals--a lesser status. By 1970, the islanders were electing their own governor. In 1917, the population on the islands was around 26,000. Today, the population, found mostly on the three main islands, is over 106,000. Profile America is in its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Treaty/accessed 11/15/2016: http://www.dkconsulateusvi.com/transfer/transfer.html
Details of negotiations/accessed 11/15/2016: https://2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/wwi/107293.htm
Virgin Islands history, sale and 1917 population/accessed 11/15/2016: http://www.virgin-islands-history.dk/eng/vi_hist.asp
Virgin Islands population: https://www.census.gov/schools/facts/u.s.%20virgin%20islands
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau