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Antigua and Barbuda


Introduction: 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...

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Government and Political Conditions: As head of state, Queen Elizabeth II is represented in Antigua and Barbuda by a governor general who acts on the advice of the prime minister and the cabinet. Antigua and Barbuda has a bicameral legislature: a 17-member Senate appointed by the governor general -- mainly on the advice of the prime minister and the leader of the opposition -- and a 17-member popularly elected House of ...

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International Relations: Antigua and Barbuda's Relations with its Neighbours

Antigua and Barbuda enjoys close relations with its neighbours. It is an active member of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and shares a common currency and common judiciary with the other six full members and two associate members of the Organisation. Antigua and Barbuda is also a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) which has established a single market. It co-ordinates its foreign policy with the member states of CARICOM.

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The Commonwealth Caribbean islands make up a large subcomponent of the hundreds of islands in the Caribbean Sea, forming a wide arc between Florida in the north and Venezuela in the south, as well as a barrier between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Varying considerably in size, the islands, which are the isolated upper parts of a submerged chain of volcanic mountains, are scattered ...

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