Antigua is the island we visit on Thursday between 9 and 17. I summarised Antigua’s characteristics as “sandy beaches, turquoise water, colonial style” in my island research.
Antigua together with the island Barbuda is a country within the Commonwealth Realm (former British Commonwealth), and Elizabeth I is its monarch. The capital of Antigua is St Johns and the island has 72,000 inhabitants while neighbouring Barbuda only has a population of 1,250.
Slavery was abolished by the British in 1808 (in Puerto Rico not until 1873), but the country didn’t gain its independence until 1981. Some Antiguans have a Portuguese heritage, originating from the island of Madeira from which 2500 persons fled after a famine around 1850.