National Geographic : 1931 Jan
Photograph by Capt. A. W. Stevens ST. THOMAS, SEAT OF GOVERNMENT IN THE AMERICAN-OWNED VIRGIN ISLANDS, HAS ONE OF THE FINEST HARBORS IN THE WEST INDIES More than once these hills and harbor islets have shielded the city from ruin by violent hurricanes. Inthe violent storm ofSeptember 13,1928, wind velocity in the Virgin Islands was estimated at 130 miles an hour. When the United States purchased these islands from Denmark, in1917, they had a population of about 26,000. Since then this number has considerably decreased, owing to migrationtocontinental United States.