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Virgin Islands, British
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I. Historical, Legal, and Social Background

The British Virgin Islands, which form a British Overseas Territory, have been under British control since 1672. For the earlier part of the 20th century a unit (a “presidency”) of the Leeward Islands, the Islands became a separate colony in 1957. Formally the Virgin Islands, they are alm…

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David McClean, “Virgin Islands, British”, in: Encyclopedia of Law and Religion, General Editor Gerhard Robbers. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2405-9749_elr_COM_000040>
First published online: 2015

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