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The Island of St Thomas in the Virgin Islands chain is a major stopping off point for cruise ships who come to the port near Charlotte Amalie, the major city on the island. The city is populated with duty free shopping, restaurants and many old buildings which are reminiscent of an earlier less genteel time (referring to its pirate history prior to being occupied by the Danes). The island is now a U.S. territory having been purchased from Denmark in 1917. Its people are U.S. citizens and subject to the same laws as their stateside counterparts. In 1968 they elected their first governor. They also have an elected Delegate to the U.S. Congress, who can vote in committees but not on the floor of the House . The beauty of the island is legendary. One can traverse the island easily in a car or by bus, the scenery is as diverse as the people who inhabit the island. World famous Magen’s Bay is a treat for the entire family and can be easily reached by automobile (don’t miss the rum milkshakes on the way at Udder Delight)! For those wishing to stay more than a day there are many resorts and villas available. Sailing is available from the many areas, predominately downtown or East End marinas, either by yourself or to hire. A ferry to several of British Virgin Islands run at scheduled times from downtown Charlotte Amalie or from Red Hook on the other end of the island. Downtown street names and the tradition of driving on the left side of the road heralds back to the city's Danish history. Most cars are American drive with the driver seated on the left. Many taxis traverse the island so if you are not up for driving transportation is readily available.