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Facts About Antigua and Barbuda

General information about the country of Antigua and Barbuda.

Quick Facts About Antigua and Barbuda
- Capital: St John's, Antigua
- Population: About 85,000
- Official Language: English
- Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
- Largest Religion: Anglican
- Agriculture: cotton, pineapple, vegetables, livestock
- Visitors Per Year: about 240,000
- Popular Spectator Sport: Cricket
- Internet Country Code: AG
- Telephone Calling Code: +1-268
- Drives: on the left

Brief History of Antigua and Barbuda
First inhabitants were the Siboney who some believe settled in the islands as early as 2400 BC. Later the Arawaks arrived from Venezuela. The English began colonizing the islands 1932. In 1674, Sir Christopher Codrington established a large sugar estate on Antigua and he leased Barbuda to raise provisions for his plantation. Barbuda's only town - Codrington - is named after him. Antigua and Barbuda became an independent nation on November 1, 1981.

Administrative Divisions and Largest Towns
The nation of Antigua and Barbuda is divided into six parishes, all on the island of Antigua, and two dependencies, the islands of Barbuda and Redonda. The six parishes, ordered by population from largest to smallest, with capital cities in parentheses, are Saint John (St. John's), Saint Paul (Falmouth), Saint Mary (Bolans), Saint George (Piggots), Saint Peter (Parham), and Saint Philip (Carlisle). The capital of the dependency of Barbuda is Codrington and the dependency of Redonda does not have a capitol town.

Wikipedia Introduction to Antigua and Barbuda

WikiMedia Atlas of Antigua and Barbuda

BBC News Antigua and Barbuda Profile

Antigua and Barbuda World Fact Book

See also
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Antigua and Barbuda Travel Guide
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