This is commonly believed to distinguish it from the neighbouring American territory which changed its name from the "Danish West Indies" to "Virgin Islands of the United States" in 1917.

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But various public and quasi public bodies continue to use the name "British Virgin Islands" or "BVI", including BVI Finance, BVI Electricity Corporation, BVI Tourist Board, BVI Athletic Association, BVI Bar Association and others.

In 1968 the British Government issued a memorandum requiring that the postage stamps in the territory should say "British Virgin Islands" (whereas previously they had simply stated "Virgin Islands"), a practice which is still followed today.

Rainfall averages about 1,150 mm (45.3 in) per year, higher in the hills and lower on the coast.

Rainfall can be quite variable, but the wettest months on average are September to November and the driest months on average are February and March.

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, are a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, to the east of Puerto Rico.The Arawaks inhabited the islands until the 15th century when they were displaced by the more aggressive Caribs, a tribe from the Lesser Antilles islands, after whom the Caribbean Sea is named.The first European sighting of the Virgin Islands was by Christopher Columbus in 1493 on his second voyage to the Americas.Hurricanes occasionally hit the islands, with the hurricane season running from June to November.Hurricane Danny (2015) was the most recent until 7 September 2017 when Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage, Entrepreneur Richard Branson, a resident of Necker Island (British Virgin Islands), called on the UK government to develop a massive disaster recovery plan for British islands that were damaged.In addition to the four main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, other islands include (see also Islands of the British Virgin Islands): The British Virgin Islands have a tropical rainforest climate, moderated by trade winds. In the capital, Road Town, typical daily maxima are around 32 °C (89.6 °F) in the summer and 29 °C (84.2 °F) in the winter.