Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/St. Croix (island)

1713561Collier's New Encyclopedia — St. Croix (island)

ST. CROIX, a West Indian island, formerly belonging to Denmark; purchased by the United States in 1916 and now one of the Virgin Islands. Area, 74 square miles; pop. about 20,000. Pop. of Fredericksted, chief town, 3,000. The W. portion is hilly, but the soil almost throughout the island is productive. Sugar is the principal crop, which is, however, diminishing. The island was discovered by Columbus.