The U.S. bought the Virgin Islands for $25 million in 1917 from what country?

The U.S. bought the Virgin Islands for $25 million in 1917 from what country?




Denmark

Answer: Before World War I, the United States wanted to buy the islands due to fear that if Denmark were conquered by Germany, Germany would attempt to take over Denmark’s overseas dependencies.





The U.S. bought the islands from Denmark for $25 million. The U.S. chose the name “Virgin Islands” when it took formal possession of the Danish West Indies on March 31, 1917. The island chain consists of St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, and about 50 other small islands, most of which are uninhabited.




Denmark, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost and smallest of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Capital: Copenhagen