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Anguilla's Information

Flag of Anguilla
Land Area 91 km2
Total Area 91km2
Population 16,752 (#219)
Population Density 184.09/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Democracy (House Of Assembly); Self-governing Overseas Territory Of The UK
GDP (PPP) $175.40 Million
GDP Per Capita $12,200
Currency Dollar (XCD)
More Information Anguilla

1300s BC

  • (1300 BC) Anguilla first settled by Amerindian tribes who migrated from South America
300 AD - 1600s
  • (300 AD) Arawak Indians settled in Anguilla
  • (1565) French explorer, Pierri Oaudonnaire, visited the island
  • (1631) Dutch built a fort on Anguilla
  • (1650) Anguilla colonized by the British from the neighboring island of Saint Kitts; began growing tobacco and corn
  • (1656) Carib Indians destroyed the explorers' settlements
  • (1666) French forces overtook the island
  • (1667) Treaty of Breda returned British rule
  • (1683) African slaves arrived in Anguilla
  • (1700's) Anguilla administered by the British through Antigua
  • (1744) Anguilla launched assaults on its own, overtook French half of the island of Martinique
  • (1748) Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle returned Martinique to French
  • (1800's) Plantations developed, but failed
  • (1824) Britain placed Anguilla under administrative control of Saint Kitts
  • (1830's) St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla united as one
  • (1833) Emancipation act passed
  • (1838) Slavery on the island ended
  • (1871) Anguilla became a federation
  • (1958) St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla became part of the Federation of the West Indies
  • (1962) Federation of the West Indies collapsed
  • (1967) Saint Kitts-Nevis granted internal autonomy with Anguilla incorporated into new dependency; Anguillans protested. Anguilla voted for secession.
  • (1968) Royal St. Kitts police left Anguilla
  • (1969) Anguilla delcared itself an independence republic
  • (1971) British authority fully restored
  • (1976) New constitution for Anguilla provided for separate administration and a government of elected representatives
  • (1980) Associated state of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla ended; Anguilla became its own British-Dependent territory
  • (1982) New Anguillan constitution took effect
  • (1998) Hurricane George struck, caused destruction and numerous deaths
  • (2005) Anguilla held general elections
  • (2009) Anguilla competed at World Championships in athletics in Berlin

Anguilla Trivia

What Kind of Animals Live in Anguilla?

The kind of animals that live in Anguilla include the bridled tern, the sweet bee, and the hawksbill sea turtle.

Animals of Anguilla

What are the Seven Wonders of Anguilla?

The Seven Wonders of Anguilla include the Shoal Bay Beach, the Island Harbour, the Crocus Hill, the Old Valley, the Prickly Pear Cays, the maundays Bay, and the Old Salt Factory and Pumphouse.

The Seven Wonders of Anguilla

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