24 Facts About Anguilla


Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean.

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Anguilla was first settled by Indigenous Amerindian peoples who migrated from South America.

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Precisely when Anguilla was first seen by Europeans is uncertain: some sources claim that Columbus sighted the island during his second voyage in 1493, while others state that the first European explorer was the French Huguenot nobleman and merchant Rene Goulaine de Laudonniere in 1564.

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Traditional accounts state that Anguilla was first colonised by English settlers from Saint Kitts beginning in 1650.

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Anguilla'storians confirm that African slaves lived in the region in the early 17th century, such as slaves from Senegal living on St Kitts in the mid-1600s.

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In 1980, Anguilla was finally allowed to formally secede from Saint Kitts and Nevis and become a separate British Crown colony.

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Since then, Anguilla has been politically stable, and has seen a large growth in its tourism and offshore financing sectors.

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Anguilla is a flat, low-lying island of coral and limestone in the Caribbean Sea, measuring some 16 miles long and 3.

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Anguilla is noted for its ecologically important coral reefs and beaches.

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Anguilla is of volcanic origin, lying on the Lesser Antilles volcanic island arc, and tuffs and volcaniclastic breccias of Eocene age are exposed locally on the island.

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Anguilla is an internally self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom.

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Anguilla had a small marine police force, comprising around 32 personnel, which operated one VT Halmatic M160-class 52-foot fast patrol boat.

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Today most people in Anguilla speak a British-influenced variety of standard English.

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Sociohistorical information from Anguilla's archives suggest that Africans and Europeans formed two distinct, but perhaps overlapping speech communities in the early phases of the island's colonisation.

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The agriculture produce of Anguilla includes tomatoes, peppers, limes and other citrus fruits, onion, garlic, squash, pigeon peas, and callaloo.

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Anguilla is the home of Omari Banks, who played for the West Indies Cricket Team, while Cardigan Connor played first-class cricket for English county side Hampshire and was 'chef de mission' for Anguilla's Commonwealth Games team in 2002.

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Anguilla is the birthplace of sprinter Zharnel Hughes who has represented Great Britain since 2015, and England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Anguilla won the 100 metres at the 2018 European Athletics Championships, the 4 x 100 metres at the same championships, and the 4 x 100 metres for England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Anguilla won a 4x100m relay team gold at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games and a silver on the relay for Great Britain at the 2020 Olympic Games.

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Anguilla represented Great Britain and England and achieved several international titles including Commonwealth and European Games gold medals and an Olympic bronze medal.

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Anguilla's currency is the East Caribbean dollar, though the US dollar is widely accepted.

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Anguilla was voted the World's Leading Luxury Island Destination from a short list of top-tier candidates such as St Barts, the Maldives, and Mauritius.

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Anguilla has become a popular tax haven, having no capital gains, estate, profit, sales, or corporate taxes.

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Anguilla is served by Clayton J Lloyd International Airport.

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