Antigua and Barbuda

  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. Antigua was discovered by Colombus in 1493 and named by him after a church in Seville (Spain). It was first colonized by English settlers in 1632; nearby Barbuda was colonized in 1661 from Antigua. Formed part of the Leeward Islands Federation from 1871 until 30 June 1956, when Antigua became a separate Crown Colony, which was part of the West Indies Federation from 3 Jan. 1958 until 31 May 1962. It became an Associated State of the UK on 27 Feb. 1967 and obtained independence on 1 Nov. 1981.


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Further Reading

  1. Dyde, B., Antigua and Barbuda: The Heart of the Caribbean. London, 1986Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1991

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  • Brian Hunter

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