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Port of Call Spotlight: British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands, in the northeastern Caribbean, beckon cruise passengers with their unspoiled coves and hidden bays. Sparsely populated --the islands, with a land area of 59 square miles, are inhabited by some 22,700 people --they were discovered by Columbus in 1493 and annexed by the British in 1672. They remain a British colony with their own elected government.
By Georgina Cruz
November 8, 2010