|Governor of the British Virgin Islands|
14 October 2004 –10 April 2006
|Premier|| Ralph T. O'Neal |
|Preceded by||Frank Savage|
|Succeeded by||David Pearey|
|Born||14 November 1946|
|Viceregal styles of|
|Reference style||His Excellency|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Thomas Townley Macan (born 14 November 1946) was Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the British Virgin Islands,an overseas territory of the United Kingdom in the Caribbean Sea,from 14 October 2004 to 10 April 2006. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and the University of Sussex.
On the advice of the British government,he was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II to represent the Queen in the territory and to act as the de facto head of state.
The British Virgin Islands (BVI),officially the Virgin Islands,is a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean,to the east of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and north-west of Anguilla. The islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles and part of the West Indies.
The United States Virgin Islands,officially the Virgin Islands of the United States,are a group of Caribbean islands and an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States. The islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles to the east of Puerto Rico and west of the British Virgin Islands.
The History of the British Virgin Islands is usually,for convenience,broken up into five separate periods:
The Danish West Indies or Danish Antilles or Danish Virgin Islands were a Danish colony in the Caribbean,consisting of the islands of Saint Thomas with 32 square miles (83 km2);Saint John with 19 square miles (49 km2);and Saint Croix with 84 square miles (220 km2). The islands have belonged to the United States since they were purchased in 1917. Water Island was part of the Danish West Indies until 1905,when the Danish state sold it to the East Asiatic Company,a private shipping company.
The Governor of the Virgin Islands is the representative of the British monarch in the United Kingdom's overseas territory of the British Virgin Islands. The governor is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the British government. The role of the governor is to act as the de facto head of state,and is responsible for appointing the premier and the executive council.
The West Indies Federation,also known as the West Indies,the Federation of the West Indies or the West Indian Federation,was a short-lived political union that existed from 3 January 1958 to 31 May 1962. Various islands in the Caribbean that were part of the British Empire,including Trinidad and Tobago,Barbados,Jamaica,and those on the Leeward and Windward Islands,came together to form the Federation,with its capital in Port of Spain,Trinidad and Tobago. The expressed intention of the Federation was to create a political unit that would become independent from Britain as a single state —possibly similar to Canada,the Federation of Australia,or the Central African Federation. Before that could happen,the Federation collapsed due to internal political conflicts over how it would be governed or function viably. The formation of a West Indian Federation was encouraged by the United Kingdom,but also requested by West Indian nationalists.
Saba is a Caribbean island and the smallest special municipality of the Netherlands. It consists largely of the active volcano Mount Scenery,which at 887 metres (2,910 ft) is the highest point of the entire Kingdom of the Netherlands. The island lies in the northern Leeward Islands portion of the West Indies,southeast of the Virgin Islands. Together with Bonaire and Sint Eustatius it forms the BES islands,also known as the Caribbean Netherlands.
The British West Indies (BWI) were colonised British territories in the West Indies:Anguilla,the Cayman Islands,Turks and Caicos Islands,Montserrat,the British Virgin Islands,Antigua and Barbuda,The Bahamas,Barbados,Dominica,Grenada,Jamaica,Saint Kitts and Nevis,Saint Lucia,Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,British Guiana and Trinidad and Tobago. Other territories include Bermuda,and the former British Honduras. The colonies were also at the centre of the transatlantic slave trade,around 2.3 million slaves were brought to the British Caribbean. Before the decolonisation period in the later 1950s and 1960s the term was used to include all British colonies in the region as part of the British Empire. Following the independence of most of the territories from the United Kingdom,the term Commonwealth Caribbean is now used.
Tortola is the largest and most populated island of the British Virgin Islands,a group of islands that form part of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands. It has a surface area of 55.7 square kilometres with a total population of 23,908,with 9,400 residents in Road Town. Mount Sage is its highest point at 530 metres above sea level.
The United States Virgin Islands,often abbreviated USVI,are a group of islands and cays located in the Lesser Antilles of the Eastern Caribbean,consisting of three main islands and fifty smaller islets and cays. Like many of their Caribbean neighbors,the history of the islands is characterized by native Amerindian settlement,European colonization,and the Atlantic slave trade.
The coat of arms of the British Virgin Islands consists of a green escutcheon (shield) charged with a woman in a white dress and gold-coloured sandals,holding a lit golden oil lamp and surrounded by eleven other golden lamps. Adopted shortly after the islands became a Crown colony,it has been the coat of arms of the British Virgin Islands since 1960. The escutcheon dates from the early 19th century and is featured on the flag of the territory. The woman and the lamps represent Saint Ursula and her companions,the namesake of the islands.
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John Percy de Jongh Jr. is an American businessman and politician who served as the Governor of the United States Virgin Islands from 2007 to 2015. He has been active in Virgin Islands politics and the business community since returning to St. Thomas after graduating from college in 1981. De Jongh has been involved in community development,commercial banking,served on the boards of business and philanthropic organizations,appointed to government positions and elected to public office.
Cyril Emanuel King was an American politician who served as the second elected Governor of the United States Virgin Islands from 1975 until his death in 1978.
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This is a timeline of the territorial evolution of the Caribbean and nearby areas of North,Central,and South America,listing each change to the internal and external borders of the various countries that make up the region.
The 2010 U.S. Virgin Islands gubernatorial election was held on November 2,2010,and won by incumbent Democratic Governor John de Jongh. De Jongh was elected to his first term in 2006 with 57.3% of the vote over Kenneth Mapp.
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