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British West Indies

British West Indies Travel Guide

Located within the consular area of the United States Embassy, in Bridgetown, Barbados are the islands of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Montserrat. The British Virgin Islands and Anguilla both have reasonably urbanized financial systems with tourist facilities extensively available, but Montserrat is an island that is still recuperating from a series of volcanic eruptions from the Soufriere Hills Volcano. Access to the southern parts of Montserrat is under constraints, with an intense number of inhabitants dwelling in the northern designated safe zones.

Located within the consular region of the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, is the Cayman Islands and within the consular area of the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas is the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Turks and Caicos is a large group of eight islands and many unoccupied smaller coral islands. When it comes to tourism, most entertainment is located on the Provo and Grand Turk islands, with the U.S. dollar being the monetary unit of currency and credit card acceptance in the bigger hotels and stores.

The kind of folk who started to visit the British West Indies, besides overseers and the military, were well-to-do people, farmers, crafts people and retailers who came mainly from Scotland, England and Ireland. The need for different types of workers, in the British West Indies, began to grow and so did its variety of people including mutineers, felons, religious digressers and other social misfits. The sugar market eventually became hot news bringing with it the need for a larger more stable work force. Sadly, it was black West Africans that were used for the work, who were brought over as slaves to make the gentry that little bit richer. It wasn’t to last though, because when the slaves were liberated they of course stopped working in the sugar cane fields and the whites quickly fled, causing the sugar market to disappear and the societies to alter forever.

When the sugar business ended it brought 100 years of financial strain to the islands’ inhabitants, with people having to get work wherever they could even if it meant leaving their families to work on other islands or out at sea. The people that were left on the island had a very quiet time, while over the years, the rest of the world was up in turmoil with WWI and WWII. When the Second World War came to an end the British West Indies population started to build airports on a large amount of the islands, giving hope and prosperity via tourism, which through the help of international profiteers, truly paid off!

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