St. Thomas, located in the United States Virgin Islands, is a tropical getaway in the Caribbean visited by thousands of people annually. In preparation for a getaway with Vacations by Marriott, here is a list of St. Thomas facts to give you a great educational foundation of the island.
1) Together with St. John, St. Croix and Water Island, Saint Thomas form a county and district of the United States Virgin Islands, an unincorporated territory of the United States.
2) St Thomas is 31.24 square miles.
3) David Hamilton Jackson, a local of the island, traveled to Denmark in 1915 to convince the King of Denmark to allow freedom of the press. He created the first newspaper there, The Herald, and now, the island has an annual celebration to honor his legacy.
4) The United States purchased the island in 1917 for $25 million in gold.
5) St Thomas is the only place under United States jurisdiction where it’s the law to drive on the left side of the road.
6) Blackbeard’s Castle is one of five National Historic Landmarks in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is located in the town of Charlotte Amalie. Originally known as Skytsborg Tower and used as a vantage point for Danish soldiers to spot enemy ships, it became Blackbeard’s Castle when Edward Teach, commonly known as Blackbeard, used the tower as a lookout for his own purposes of piracy.
7) Drake’s Seat, a popular attraction on St. Thomas, offers a panoramic views of 100 islands.
8) Kelsey Grammer, actor known best for his roles in NBC sitcoms Cheers and Frasier was born in St. Thomas in 1955.
9) St. Thomas is nicknamed Rock City, and is volcanic in origin and hilly. Its highest point is Crown Mountain at 1,555 feet.
10) Tourism is the primary economic activity, with rum manufacturing as a close runner-up.