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 ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
     

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 General information

The Siboney were the first to inhabit the islands of Antigua and Barbuda in 2400 B.C., but Arawak Indians populated the islands when Columbus landed on his second voyage in 1493. Early settlements by the Spanish and French were succeeded by the English who formed a colony in 1667. Slavery, established to run the sugar plantations on Antigua, was abolished in 1834. The islands became an independent state within the British Commonwealth of Nations in 1981.

  • 3-Letter abbreviation: ATG
  • 2-Letter abbreviation: AG
  • Country common name: Antigua and Barbuda
  • Country official name: State of Antigua and Barbuda
  • Continent: North, Central America and the Caribbean
  • Capital: Saint John's
  • Other major cities: Codrington, Old Road, Urlins, Bolands, All Saints
  • Currency: Caribbean dollar
  • Official languages: English
  • Motto: "Each endeavouring, all achieving. "
 Geographic information
  • Surface area: 443 km²
  • Highest point: Boggy Peak, 402 m
  • Neighbouring countries: None
  • Neighbouring seas and oceans: Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean
 Population
  • Population (in millions): 0.07
  • Gross domestic product (GDP) per inhabitant (in US dollars): 11,000
  • Density (inhabitants per km²): 153.27
  • Average age (in years): 29.1
  • Life expectancy at birth (in years): 71.31
 Telephone & Internet communication
  • Country international telephone code: + 1-268
  • Internet code: .ag
  • Number of Internet users: 10,000 (2004)