Looking to boost your knowledge of the Caribbean? Take a look at these 22 interesting facts about the islands of Antigua and Barbuda!
- Antigua and Barbuda is a collection of 2 small islands (Antigua and Barbuda) and 35 tiny islands in the Caribbean.
- These islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, although it wasn’t colonised by English settlers until 1632.
- It is bordered by Anguilla to the northwest, Guadeloupe and Dominica to the south, Montserrat to the southwest and Saint Kitts and Nevis to the west. Both islands also have coastlines along the Caribbean Sea.
- Fancy relaxing on the stunning sandy shores these beautiful islands have to offer? Head for the coordinates of 17.1167° N, 61.8500° W to explore Antigua and Barbuda for yourself.
- Both islands are mostly low lying and made from coral and limestone, although there are some higher volcanic areas.
Flag of Antigua and Barbuda
- The total land area of Antigua and Barbuda is 171 square miles (442 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around 4 times the size of Bristol.
- Antigua and Barbuda’s population was 96,286 in 2018…
- …that’s less than 1/4 of the population of Bristol!
- Residents here are known as Antiguans or Barbudans, depending on which island they are from.
- The capital is Saint John’s; it covers an area of 4 square miles (10 square kilometres) and had a population of 22,000 in 2014.
- Antiguans and Barbudans enjoy a tropical maritime climate with little seasonal temperature variation.
- There are no permanent rivers on any of the islands, and Antigua is the only island to have 3 streams!
- Antigua and Barbuda doesn’t boast a wide range of wildlife, but it is possible to spot wild deer, boar, donkeys, sea turtles, mongooses and racer snakes, amongst many migratory birds.
Mamora Bay, Antigua and Barbuda
- The official language of Antigua and Barbuda is English.
- After 349 years as a British colony, Antigua and Barbuda gained independence in 1981.
- East Caribbean Dollar is the official currency here.
- The islands of Antigua and Barbuda have been inhabited for almost 5,000 years!
- The average life span here is 76 years.
- Antigua and Barbuda grows fruits, cotton, bananas and vegetables; they also rear livestock.
- Its industry consists of tourism, construction and light manufacturing.
- The main exports consist of petroleum products, machinery and transport equipment, manufactures, food and live animals.
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