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In case you’ve been wondering, it’s pronounced Antee’ga! Antigua and Barbuda are located in the centre of the Leeward Islands. Visitors to this unique island will be impressed by the historical buildings and fortifications of English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard National Park which once housed the British fleet.
With 108 square miles, Antigua is a relatively large island. It’s also different from some of its neighbours in that it boasts a peak elevation of a respectable 1,319 ft. With annual rainfall of just 45 inches, Antigua is the sunniest of the Leeward Islands. 30 miles due north lies Barbuda, a low lying coral island of just 68 square miles. The small island nature preserve of Redondo is also included in the nation, but is uninhabited and just 0.6 square miles!
The Siboney people were the earliest known inhabitants of the islands, with sites dating to 2400 BC. The Arawaks and then the Caribs made Antigua their home before English settlers from St. Kitts finally established a community in the early 1600s. In the late 1600s the islands became a centre for sugar cultivation.
Eventually Antigua and Barbuda became an important strategic point, and was known as the Gateway to the Caribbean. British Naval facilities were installed to enforce shipping laws. Antigua was the first island to enact emancipation in 1834, and a yearly Carnival takes place to celebrate the event. The Eastern Caribbean Dollar is the official currency, but the US Dollar is widely accepted.
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