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Alternative meaning: Anguilla is a genus of freshwater eel (sole genus in the family Anguillidae ).
Flag of Anguilla Coat of Arms of Anguilla
(In Detail) (Full size)
National motto:
Each Endeavouring, All Achieving
Official language English
Political status Non-sovereign, Overseas territory of the U.K
Capital The Valley
Governor Alan Huckle
Chief Minister Osbourne Fleming
 - Total
 - % water
Ranked n/a
91 km²

 - Total (2002)
 - Density


Currency East Caribbean dollar
Time zone UTC -4
National Song God Bless Anguilla [1]
Internet TLD .ai
Calling Code 1-264

Anguilla, or Snake is an island in the eastern Caribbean and is a British dependency with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state, represented by a Governor. The locally elected Chief Minister of the island serves as head of government.

First colonized by English settlers in 1650, Anguilla was incorporated into a single British dependency along with the neighbouring islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the early 19th century, much to the objections of many Anguillans. In 1980, however, Anguilla formally withdrew from the territory, becoming a separate British dependency, which it remains.

The island's main industries are fishing and tourism, with offshore banking playing and increasing role in the economy. Military defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom. The majority of Anguillans are Protestant and are of African descent.

See also:

Map of Anguilla
Map of Anguilla

From the CIA World Factbook 2000. Slightly edited, not completely Wikified.

External links

  • Government of Anguilla (Official web site)
  • Library of Congress Portals on the World - Anguilla
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Anguilla - CIA's Factbook on Anguilla

Countries in West Indies

Antigua and Barbuda | Bahamas | Barbados | Cuba | Dominica | Dominican Republic | Grenada | Haiti | Jamaica | Saint Kitts and Nevis | Saint Lucia | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines | Trinidad and Tobago

Dependencies: Anguilla | Aruba | British Virgin Islands | Cayman Islands | Guadeloupe | Martinique | Montserrat | Navassa Island | Netherlands Antilles | Puerto Rico | Turks and Caicos Islands | U.S. Virgin Islands

Last updated: 02-07-2005 01:28:50
Last updated: 02-24-2005 04:05:47