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Culture Antigua and Barbuda

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

Antigua and Barbuda : Discover the country's culture

Read

- At the bottom of the river, Jamaica Kincaid.

Guides

- Antilles. Michelin Green Guide.
- Eastern Caribbean. Lonely Planet.
Guide-books on the Antilles sometimes devote several pages to Antigua.

Music

- Praises from Antigua (various artists).

Antigua and Barbuda : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

2400 BC, the first inhabitants of Antigua are considered to have been the "Siboney".
Approx. 1st millennium AD , the Arawaks inhabited the island.
In 1493, Christopher Columbus named the island Santa Maria de la Antigua.
In 1632, the English colonised the island and developed sugar cane. Slaves imported from Africa cleared the island's forests. At the end of the century, the island became covered in sugar cane.
In 1834, slavery was abolished.
In 1939, the Antigua Trades and Labour Union was formed. Then, under the leadership of V.C. Bird, the Antigua Labour Party was created in 1943.
In 1967, Antigua became an associated state of England.
In 1981, independence was declared.
In 1995, cyclone Luis caused considerable damage.
In 1999-2000, Sir James Carlisle became governor, and Lester Bird, Prime Minister.

Antigua and Barbuda : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events

Events

JANUARY
1st January: New Year.
Official launch of the cricket season.






10 March 2009: Good Friday.
12 March 2009: Easter holidays.

APRIL
Antigua's annual sailing week: "Antigua sailing week".

















NOVEMBER
1st November: Independence Day.



25 December: Christmas.