National Geographic : 1968 Jan
made U. S. goods duty free, and kept the old 6 percent import tariff, which is far less on the average than mainland rates." As a result, the U. S. Virgins are treated like alien territory in one respect. Homeward bound Americans must pass through customs and declare free-port purchases, just as if they had been acquired in a foreign country. They may, however, bring home $200 worth duty free, twice what they are allowed from a foreign land. Leaving the Governor, I walked, or rather climbed, around the capital (pages 98-9). Charlotte Amalie, the Virgins' largest city, with 18,000 inhabitants, rises on three hills, shown as Government, Berg, and French on modern maps, but called Mizzentop, Main top, and Foretop in windjammer days. Some streets are so steep they turn into flights of steps. Since much of St. Thomas is as hilly as the capital, the island has been handicapped ever since its settlement by a lack of flat land for industry or agriculture. One of the reasons the Danes pushed on to the other islands was to seek more easily tilled fields. St. Thomians are still in quest of flat land.