For more information about the project or additional project publications, visit the Research Project Page. This project began in January and was completed in January We conducted benthic habitat mapping of shallow-water coral reef areas off Puerto Rico and the U. Virgin Islands to inventory the coral reefs and related bottom types. Before this project, a comprehensive inventory of the shallow-water reefs in these areas did not exist. Such an inventory is needed for successful coral reef ecosystem management. This represents the first U.
The Virgin Islands, an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States were originally settled by the Ciboney, Carib, and Arawaks peoples. First named by Christopher Columbus in for Saint Ursula and her virgin followers, these islands are renown for white sand beaches, crystal-blue waters and idyllic sailing venues. Up to and including the 17th century, these islands were captured and controlled by many European powers, including France , Denmark , the Netherlands , Spain and the United Kingdom. Denmark transformed the islands into royal Danish colonies in , and soon thereafter, the sugarcane business began to prosper, driven of course on the backs of slave labor. Across the island the economy continued to boom, but then across the Caribbean in the middle of the 19th century the abolition of slavery took hold and "free labor" was hard to find.
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