St. Croix has a long history, combining native Indian, African, European, Caribbean, and American cultures.
The first people known to inhabit the Virgin Islands, dating back hundreds of years, were the Carib, Arawak, and Ciboney Indians. Since then, the islands have been under seven flags: Spanish, Dutch, British, French, Knights of Malta, Danish, and U.S.
Now, our population is made up of native Crucians, as well as people from North America, South America, Asia, and many other Caribbean islands. According to the US Census Bureau, the USVI population is about 66% US-born and 34% foreign-born. Of the US-born, 70% were born in the USVI, 24% were born in the States, and 5% were born in Puerto Rico or other US islands. Of those foreign-born, more than 90% are from other Caribbean islands.
But enough about statistics and numbers. What we really love about St. Croix is the diversity of cultures among our residents and our visitors. It’s not unusual to hear the Crucian dialect, Danish, Spanish or any number of stateside and global accents wherever you go. People routinely ask where you’re from and are genuinely interested in learning more.
Our rich history and diverse population not only influence our language, but also our food, our music, our art. From johnny cakes to mofongo, reggae to soca, madras to murals – somehow our diverse cultures all come together to be uniquely St. Croix.
Celebrating 30 Years
In celebration of Centerline’s 30th anniversary, we’re sharing 30 Things Centerline Loves About St. Croix. Each week we’ll share something new — and we hope you’ll chime in on social media by telling us what you love too! Our big 3-0 is in March 2020, when we’ll also be giving away a St. Croix vacation.