‘The Island of Tortola’

Information from the Ships Cruise Log 2013

Cruising though the Virgin Islands during the early morning hours Ventura was brought under the Pilots guidance into Town Road bay.

Tortola has an extimated population of about 24,000, is the main island in the group, with Road Town, the busy capital of the British Virgin Islands, the administrative and business centre of the territory.

Tortola is the largest and most populated of The British Virgin Islands, a group of islands which form part of the archipelago, and is considered to be one of the inest cruising grounds in the world.
Local belief is that the name was originally given to the island by Christopher Columbus, meaning “land of the Turtle Dove”

Europeans began making their mark upon the island after 1493, when Christopher Columbus first spotted the British and US Virgin Islands and named them after the 11,000 virgins of the 4th century martyr, St. Ursula.

Famous pirates such as Blackbeard and Captain Kid were the first genuine inhabitants of the island.
In the 17th century the British, who had successfully gained control of the area from the Dutch, established a permanent colony on Tortola and the surrounding islands.

The sugar industry dominated Tortola history over the next 150 years, faltering only in the mid 1800s with the abolition of slavery.

8 thoughts on “‘The Island of Tortola’

  1. I have been there and recognized this instantly! We spent the day at one of their beautiful deserted beaches. Of course we did the “tourist” thing and had rum at the main restaurant/bar there – I think it was Pusser’s bar and store. Cool place. 🙂

    • Sounds like we visited the same restaurant.
      I loved the vibrancy of the place and the brief tour we took was wonderful.
      Thank you very much for stopping by and for your kind comments

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