Tortola has white sandy beaches, including Cane Garden Bay and Smuggler’s Cove. Sage Mountain National Park is a forested area in the island’s southwest. Road Town is the capital of the British Virgin Islands. This place is the undisputed yachting hub of the BVI. The modern and well-equipped marina is the starting point for most BVI charter adventures.
Columbus saw for the first time the British Virgin Islands in 1493. The abundance of small landmasses clustered together intrigued him. Although the Spanish discovered the Tortola island, they did not spend much time there, and soon they explored other islands.
Pirates used these natural hiding spots to wait for treasure ships to pass and then plunder them for gold. Along with pirates, there was also a very prevalent slave population. Slaves worked the sugar plantations of Tortola.
In 1774, the British and Dutch settled the island officially to use the land for sugar crops until abolishing slavery in 1838. After this, the economy began to fall. Many settlers left the island. Although many of the British and Danish left, Britain and Tortola maintained a relationship over the years and are still in control of the island today.
Today, Thanks to finances and tourism, Tortola regained economic stability. The island preserves its tranquillity… Visitors will be blown away by the integration of historic beauty with newly built luxury homes. The wonderful resorts and vacation homes leave this island unspoiled and intact.
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