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Friday, 12 August 2011

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is a country comprising three islands in the eastern Caribbean (Antigua, Barbuda, and uninhabited Redonda).

Antigua was named by Christopher Columbus in 1493 in honour of St Maria La Antigua of Seville.

It became a British colony in 1667 and stayed under British rule until independence in 1981.

Antigua in 1823

Lord Nelson was stationed in Antigua between 1784 and 1787. He described it as a 'dreadful hole' and a 'vile place'.

Sir Viv Richards, one of the greatest cricketers, was born in Antigua in March 1952.

The national flag of Antigua and Barbuda was adopted on February 27, 1967 to mark the achievement of self-government.

Antigua and Barbuda became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations on November 1, 1981, with Elizabeth II as the first Queen of Antigua and Barbuda.

Most of Barbuda was devastated in early September 2017 by Hurricane Irma, which brought winds with speeds reaching 295 km/h (185 mph). The storm damaged or destroyed 95% of the island's buildings and infrastructure and nearly everyone on Barbuda was evacuated to Antigua.

Antugua is the only known habitat of the Antiguan Racer, the rarest snake in the world with a population of about 200.

Source Daily Mail

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