12 Facts About Antigua


Antigua, known as Waladli or Wadadli by the native population, is an island in the Lesser Antilles.

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Lord Horatio Nelson, a major figure in Antigua's history, arrived in the late 18th century to defend the island's commercial shipping prowess.

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Antigua came from Barbados, bringing the latest sugar technology with him.

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In 1968, with Barbuda and the tiny island of Redonda as dependencies, Antigua became an associated state of the Commonwealth, and in November 1981 it was disassociated from Britain.

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Commissioned, 9 August 1956, the Naval Facility Antigua was one of the shore terminal stations that were part of the Sound Surveillance System and the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System, which were used to track Soviet submarines.

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Antigua's economy relies largely on tourism, and the island is promoted as a luxury Caribbean escape.

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Antigua was one of the first nations to legalize, license, and regulate online gambling and is a primary location for incorporation of online gambling companies.

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Second, a rider to the arbitration ruling affirmed the right of Antigua to take retaliatory steps in view of the prior failure of the US to comply with GATS.

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Antigua is therefore able to recoup some of the claimed loss of trade by hosting companies whose business model depends on immunity from TRIPS provisions.

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Software company SlySoft was based in Antigua, allowing it to avoid nations with laws that are tough on anti-circumvention of technological copyright measures, in particular the DMCA in the United States.

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Antigua Overseas Bank was part of the ABI Financial Group and was a licensed bank in Antigua.

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Antigua was the location of a 2007 Cricket World Cup site, on a new Recreation Ground constructed on an old cane field in the north of the island.

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