The virgin islands were purchased by the United States from Denmark in 1917 for $17 million. The US bought the islands to make sure Germany could not use the islands as a submarine base during World War I. St Thomas is home to Charlotte Amalie, the islands’ capital. It is also a favorite destination for travelers.
When a wall was built around San Juan, Puerto Rico, doors were built as the only way to access the city. Over the years those doors have disappeared. This is the last remaining door, an entrance from San Juan Bay into the old city. The huge entryway is a landmark of its own right. It is open most days so tourists can cross through the thick walls from the promenade into the old city.
Sea oats on a sand dune on a sunny day. The plants are often added to the sand dunes to help stop erosion and to protect roadways from flooding waves during storms or unusually high tides. Taken at Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida.
Portrait view of Florida coastline featuring John U Lloyd State Park. Hollywood's North Beach Park, the fishing pier and the buildings of Hollywood and Miami are visible in the background. The beaches are located on the east coast of Florida along the Atlantic Ocean.
Clump of seat oats on a sunny beach. The plants are often added to the sand dunes to help stop erosion and to protect roadways from flooding waves during storms or unusually high tides. Taken at Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida.
Birds celebrate the sunset. Mallory Square in Key West, Florida is well known for its sunset celebrations. Even the birds join in the celebration as they cavort in the brilliant orange sky of the setting sun.
The lighthouse was added to Egmont Key in 1848 but was replaced in 1858 after several hurricanes damaged the original structure. The top of the lighthouse was removed in 1944 the top of the house was removed to install a new beacon. The lighthouse was manned until 1989. At the time the lighthouse was the last remaining manned lighthouse in Florida. The channel that passes the island is the main shipping route in and out of Tampa Bay on Florida’s west coast.
Fort Zachary Taylor is Florida's southernmost state park. It was built in the mid 1800's as part of a series of forts designed to protect the southern coastline of the United States and played an important part in the US Civil war and the Spanish-American war. Located in the middle of an operating military base, it is undergoing restoration work. In this photo the flag is shown at half mast on the parade ground.
Old meets new inSan Juan, Puerto Rico. At one time San Juan was a walled city. Entry was gained through giant doors along San Juan Bay. Today much of the wall is gone, but many of the old buildings remain. Beyond these reminders of the past skyscrapers define the new San Juan. Front and center is La Fortaleza, built in 1533 to protect the city from attack. It was occupied twice, once by the British in 1598 and again by the Dutch in 1625. Once El Morro and the city’s other fortifications became adequate to protect the city the fortress became the governor’s palace. The building today has little resemblance to the original small fort it once was.