|WikiProject Caribbean / British Virgin Islands||(Rated Start-class)|
|WikiProject Islands||(Rated Start-class)|
Ok, the article needs:
Does this island have it's own language? Dialect?
It's own musical styles?
Gringo300 00:50, 24 Jun 2005 (UTC)
- People speak English in the BVI, albeit with a strong regional accent. There is already a separate article on music of the British Virgin Islands. --Legis (talk - contributions) 07:45, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
OK at the risk of being politically incorrect the demise of the sugar industry may have been partly the result of the abolition of slavery but the discovery of the efficient extraction of sugar from sugar beets in the early 1800's seems to have been a strong factor in the falling price of sugar at that time. Drayper (talk) 03:14, 1 May 2010 (UTC)
The etymology section reads "Local tradition recounts that Christopher Columbus named the island Tortuga, meaning "turtledove" in Spanish. In fact, Columbus named the island as Santa Ana. Dutch colonists called it Ter Tholen, after a coastal island that is part of the Netherlands. When the British took over, the name evolved to Tortola." Well, maybe that's all true, but can someone find a reliable source saying that this is exactly what the tradition there holds and/or clarifies which part of this is the real origin? Could it be that the "ter Tholen" part is folklore? I'm asking because "tortuga" means "turtle", not "turtledove", in Spanish—while the Spanish word for "turtledove" is "tórtola". So it's almost as though two different stories are being conflated here, and I'm wondering whether anything more accurate can be said about the matter. Largoplazo (talk) 10:23, 2 June 2016 (UTC)