Antigua and Barbuda

22 May, 2009

Ancient Antigua and Bearded Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

Meaning “ancient” and ‘bearded”, Antigua and Barbuda is an island nation. It is located in the eastern portion of the Caribbean Sea and borders the Atlantic Ocean. The population of Antigua and Barbuda is primarily West African, Portuguese and British and the islands are considered part of the Lesser Antilles archipelago. Originally inhabited by the Ciboney people, there is archeological evidence that seems to support that the islands of Antigua and Barbuda have been inhabited since 2900 BC. Most of the original native peoples were destroyed by European disease, slavery and malnutrition.

Christopher Columbus landed on Antigua and Barbuda in 1493 and named the island after a church in Seville Spain. Historical references in travel guides point out that the Spanish, English and French have all, at various times had control of the islands. Culturally speaking, the nation is primarily British as evident by its ability to produce famous cricket players as well as the popularity of the game. This should not be surprising as it is a part of the commonwealth. British cultural influence is also seen in art, music and theater throughout the nation. America has also played a heavy hand in the culture and fashion of the country.

The television and other media outlets there are primarily from the United States. Musically, both Calypso and Soca music is popular. It is interesting to note that the nation has a literacy rate of 90%, primarily because of a government mandate to become the Caribbean’s premier medical community which has increased the level and quality of the educational system.

Today, the economy of this island is dominated by tourism. The Island has several luxury resorts popular with people who travel in the area. The island nation is a popular tourist destination for people who enjoy beaches, British culture and more.

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

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