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          BVI Holiday - H Lavity Stoutt Birthday

          BVI Holiday - H Lavity Stoutt Birthday

          H Lavity Stoutt Birthday

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          Monday, March 4, 2024 March 4, 2024 The British Virgin Islands

          Hamilton Lavity Stoutt (7 March 1929 – 14 May 1995) was a British Virgin Islander politician and the first and longest serving Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands, winning five general elections (1967, 1979, 1986, 1991 and 1995) and serving three non-consecutive terms of office from 1967 to 1971, again from 1979 to 1983 and again from 1986 until his death in 1995. He also served as a parliamentarian in the Legislative Council from 1957 until 1967 prior to the adoption of the 1967 constitution,[1] and at the time of his death was thought to be the longest serving Parliamentarian in the Caribbean.[2] He was a founder of and the leader of the United Party, but after splitting from the party in 1971 went on to found the Virgin Islands Party.

          Since Stoutt's death in 1995, a public holiday in the British Virgin Islands has been declared annually on the first Monday in the month of March in memory of his birthday.

          The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in Tortola bears his name. Stoutt himself left school after his primary school education, and obituary writers have suggested that it was his own lack of a formal education which so strongly inspired him to create and promote opportunities for BVIslanders to further their own educations.[3]

          During his lifetime, Lavity Stoutt was extremely fond of the quote from Proverbs 29:18 - "Where there is no vision, the people perish", a phrase he would recite frequently when arguing in favour of development projects.

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          Discovering the beauty of BVI is all about uncovering the unique character of each island in this unspoiled volcanic archipelago. Select one of our islands below to learn more about what each island has to offer.

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          Anegada

          Anegada

          The only coral island in the Virgin Islands’ volcanic chain, Anegada is characterized by its nearly flat elevation, the striking coral reefs that surround it, secluded sandy beaches and clear springs bubbling from coral beds.
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          Jost Van Dyke

          Jost Van Dyke

          Jost Van Dyke may be the BVI’s most colorful island — both in terms of vegetation, and history. To make your way here is to make some incredible memories.
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          Tortola

          Tortola

          Tortola Island is both the BVI’s capital, and our largest island. There’s truly no end to the incredible adventure to explore here.
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          Virgin Gorda

          Virgin Gorda

          Virgin Gorda is regarded as the BVI’s most picturesque landmass. Visitors will discover a breathtaking mix of natural, and human-made beauty.
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          Other Islands

          Other Islands

          The BVI archipelago comprises dozens of islands large and small — some rich with life and civilization, and others nearly untouched.
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