About 15 of the islands are inhabited. While the Caribbean deepens to a 15,foot trench between the island of St. In the constitution was surrendered and a legislature was appointed, an arrangement that lasted until , when sole legislative authority was vested in the governor-in-council. In , Canada and other British dominions obtained self-government through the Statute of Westminster. Curious About The World? The British Overseas Territory Act changed the status of the colony to that of overseas territory and granted British citizenship to its people. British Virgin Islands, land of sand, sea and secrecy".
Crown dependencies Guernsey Isle of Man Jersey. China, country of East Asia. The British Overseas Territory Act changed the status of the colony to that of overseas territory and granted British citizenship to its people. Starting at Nanny Cay, the Sailing Festival is two days of warm up racing. As such the British Virgin Islands is frequently labelled as a " tax haven " by campaigners and NGOs,  and has been expressly named in anti-tax haven legislation in other countries on various occasions.
The Legislature consists of the Queen represented by the Governor and a unicameral House of Assembly made up of 13 elected members plus the Speaker and the Attorney General. Britain retained control of these islands, and since the mids, they've moved away from the long-established agriculture-based economy towards financial services and tourism, and what a successful move has been. A report from suggested that, despite the popular perception, income inequality was actually lower in the British Virgin Islands than in any other OECS state,  although in global terms income equality is higher in the Caribbean than in many other regions. In , the United States purchased St.
Seeing an opportunity, the stronger English navy captured Tortola from the Dutch in , and then annexed Anegada and Virgin Gorda in In a partly elected and partly nominated Legislative Council was reinstated. Virgin Islands , include fresh fish, rum, sand and gravel, charcoal, fruits, and vegetables. Politics of the British Virgin Islands. Slavery itself was abolished in after a serious uprising in that year. John —three miles east across Pillsbury Sound from St. Both island groups have rates of total population growth that are affected substantially by immigration.