National Geographic : 1931 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE A CHACHA HAT MERCHANT OF ST. THOMAS A small French colony, known locally as "Chachas," derived from an exclamation of annoy ance they often use, forms a part of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. They fish, weave hats, inter marry, and mingle hardly at all with other inhabitants of the city. Photographs by Jacob Gayer BAY-RUM MANUFACTURE IS ST. THOMAS'S ONLY IMPORTANT INDUSTRY St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix Islands compose the American Virgin group. Sugar, molasses, and hides are produced on St. Croix. The other two, lacking water, have little agri culture, but from the leaves of Pimenta acris, a small aromatic tree, comes the bay oil which is an ingredient of bay rum.