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Antigua and Barbuda

The Siboney were the first to inhabit the islands of Antigua and Barbuda in 2400 B.C., but Arawak Indians populated the islands when COLUMBUS landed on his second voyage in 1493. Early settlements by the Spanish and French were succeeded by the English who formed a colony in 1667. Slavery, established to run the sugar plantations on Antigua, was abolished in 1834. The islands became an independent state within the British Commonwealth of Nations in 1981.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 69,481 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): Antiguan(s), Barbudan(s)

Nationality (Adjective): Antiguan, Barbudan

Official Language(s): English

Major Languages Spoken: English

Map of Antigua and Barbuda

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): none

Country Name (short form): Antigua and Barbuda

Country Name (local long form): none

Country Name (local short form): none

Name of Capital: Saint John's

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering Antigua and Barbuda: Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis, Guadeloupe

Land Area: 443 sq km

Comparative Area: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline: 153 km

National Holiday: Independence Day (National Day), 1 November (1981)

International Phone Code: -267

Currency Code: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

Internet Country Code: .ag

US Embassy Location: the US does not have an embassy in Antigua and Barbuda; the US Ambassador to Barbados is accredited

US Embassy Mailing Address: none


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