Antigua & Barbuda Fact Sheet:

    • Named in 1493 by Christoper Columbus after the Church of Santa Maria de la Antigua in Seville, Spain.
    • Island was predominantly controlled by the British until 1967 except for a brief occupation by the French.
    • Attained Associated Statehood with Britain in 1967.
    • On November 01st 1981 the island became a fully independent unitary sovereign democratic State.
    • Antigua and Barbuda is still a part of the Commonwealth of nations and is the 157th member of the United Nations.
    • Other memberships include the Organization of American States (OAS), the Caribbean Common Market (Caricom), the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
    • The Government is a Constitutional Monarchy with a British style parliamentary system of government.
    • The British Monarchy is represented by an appointed governor general as the head of State, with three branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial.
    • The Judiciary system is based on English Common Law.
    • The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar which has a fixed exchange rate with the US dollar of (ECD$2.70 = US$1.00).

 

antigua-flag-300x200National Flag

The seven-point Golden Sun symbolises the dawn of a new era. Red: symbolises lifeblood of our slave forefathers and dynamism of the people. Blue: symbolises hope. Black: symbolises the soil and African heritage. Gold, Blue, and White: Antigua and Barbuda’s tourist attraction – sun, sea and sand. “V”: Victory at last!

The flag was adopted on February 27, 1967.

 

National Fruit National Pineapple Day

Originally introduced by the Arawak speaking people, the Antiguan Black Pineapple (Ananas comosus) was used for making twine, cloth and for healing purposes. Today it is mainly grown on the southern side of Antigua.

 

 


antigua-fallow-deerNational Animal

Thought to be brought to our nation by the Codringtons in the early 1700s, the European Fallow (Dama dama dama) deer live and breed happily on Barbuda and Guiana island. They do not live on any other Eastern Caribbean island. There are two varieties, black and common.