The official name of the “BVI” is the “Virgin Islands.” The United States of America bought the Danish West Indies, which were St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix etc., in 1917 and because of the close proximity to the “Virgin Islands” these became known as the “United States Virgin Islands.” The “Virgin Islands” are a territory of the United Kingdom – people began to refer to them as the British Virgin Islands (BVI) for ease of differentiation. THEN & NOW will use the official name of the BVI in all its communications – “VIRGIN ISLANDS”