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British Virgin Islands

When Christopher Columbus passed the archipelago east of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea in 1493, he named it Santa Ursula y las Once Mil Virgenes, or Saint Ursula and Her 11,000 Virgins, Of these, the easternmost 60 islands, rocks, and cays comprise what are now known as the British Virgin Islands.

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