Antigua and Barbuda is an island nation located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. St. John’s serves as the capital of this country. It is also the most populated city in the country. St. John’s houses a population of 22,193 and acts as the nation’s center of commerce.
History Of The Capital Of Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda’s islands were neglected during the first wave of colonization by the Europeans. However, in 1632, England established its colony on the island and soon large-scale immigration of Britons and their African slaves to Antigua and Barbuda took place. Since then, St. John’s acted as the administrative center of the English colony. After the independence of the country in 1981, St. John’s became the capital city of Antigua and Barbuda.
Economy Of St. John’s
St. John’s is a well-developed city with a thriving fashion industry and several shopping malls and boutiques distributed throughout the city. Haute-couture clothing and designer jewelry stores sell their valuable collection to a large number of tourists visiting the city. The capital of Antigua and Barbuda is also a major tourist destination. Many tourists land here when cruise ships dock at St. John’s harbor. The city also has a well-established investment banking industry and the offices of many major financial institutions of the world are located here. The V. C. Bird International Airport serves the city.
Demographics Of St. John’s
The population of St. John’s represents the composition of the rest of the nation. The majority of the population is constituted by Africans while a white minority of mainly Portuguese and British origin also inhabits the city. The rest of the population mainly includes people of mixed European-African ancestry
Attractions In The Capital City Of Antigua and Barbuda
St. John’s is famous for the St. John's Cathedral. The Botanical Garden located in the city is replete with greenery. The lighthouse at the city’s harbor, the St. John's Antigua Light, is also an attraction of the city. Several forts built during the colonial times introduce visitors to the history of Antigua and Barbuda. St. John’s also houses many museums like the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda that display historical, geographical, and cultural artifacts related to the region.
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