Today Tuesday November 1st, Antigua & Barbuda celebrates 30 years of independence from British rule. Some famous Caribbean celebs with Antiguan roots include: Clarence ‘Oungkhu’ Edwards, Toriano ‘Onyan’ Edwards, Claudette Peters (who is half Dominican), June Ammbrose, Anna Maria Horsford, Shermain Jeremy, Sir Viv Richards, Drastic, Tizzy, Omari Harrigan,
Antigua and Barbuda (i/ænˈtiːɡə ænd bɑrˈbjuːdə/, local /ænˈtiːɡə ænd bɑrˈbjuːdə/; Spanish for “ancient” and “bearded”) is a twin-island nation lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands (including Great Bird, Green, Guinea, Long, Maiden and York Islands and further south, the island of Redonda). The permanent population number approximately 85,000 (2010) and the capital and largest port and city is St. John’s, on Antigua.
Separated by a few nautical miles, Antigua and Barbuda are in the middle of the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles, roughly at 17 degrees north of the Equator.
CAPITAL: St. John’s
NICKNAME: Land of 365 beaches
MOTTO: Each Endeavouring, All Achieving
ANTHEM: Fair Antigua, We Salute Thee
NATIONAL FLOWER: The Dagger Log’s (Agave karatto Miller)
NATIONAL TREE: The Whitewood (Bucida buceras/font L)
NATIONAL BIRD: The Frigate
NATIONAL DISH: Fungie (pronounced “foon-jee”) & Pepperpot- Fungee is cornmeal with okra, cooked in salted water and boiled to a paste. Pepperpot is a combination of a variety of meats, including vegetables, spinach, eggplant, okra, onions, spices & seasonings, boiled to a soupy finish.
AIRPORT: V.C Bird International
DRIVES ON THE: left
CURRENCY: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
AREA COD: 268
INTERNET TLD: .ag
CELEBRATES CARNIVAL IN:August