Barbuda (a dependency of Antigua) is about 26 miles to the north of Antigua. It's sparsely populated, and famed for hunting and diving venues. Redonda (another dependency), 25 miles to the southwest of Antigua, is an uninhabited rock
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.
Quick Facts and Figures
Official Name Barbuda
Capital City St. John's (on Antigua)
Languages English (official), local dialects
Official Currency East Caribbean Dollar
Religions Anglican, Protestant sects, Roman Catholic
Flag and description here
Population 1,288 (July 2006 est.)
Land Area 161 sq km
Latitude/Longitude 17º 40N, 61º 50W
Highest Point unavailable
Maps and more...
Barbuda Outline Map here
Barbuda Large Map here
Barbuda/Anguilla CIA Map here!
North American Map here
West Indies Map here
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