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Antigua Island

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Liam Ott

on 12 September 2015

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Transcript of Antigua Island

Antigua island was founded in 1632 by Sir Christopher Codrington. Settled for the crown, this agricultural colony would prove to be quite useful for the production of sugar. The capital city is St. John's, and one of its most important cities is the port city of Harbourtown. Antigua's government was royal.
Antigua has a commercial economy centered on agriculture, with the farming of sugar cane being the most crucial part of the economy. Other crops grown on the island include: guava, corn, peppers, tobacco, and cotton. Antigua was a vital part to English economy in the West Indies, being one of the most profitable of all of the crown's colonies
I was unable to find a video depicting life in the Antigua colony, due to almost EVERY video relating to tourism or timeshares. The video I have shows some of the landmarks and historical points of interest, but in the modern form. It too, is a travel agency video. There is a surprising lack of information regarding Antigua island, given its historical importance. I apologize for this inconvenience.


Antigua Island
est. 1632
Antigua practiced the Anglican religion. Settlers on Antigua were English. Though a major portion of Antigua's population derived from the slaves that were brought over from Africa to work on the sugar plantations. Most English settlers lived a rather easy life, with the slaves doing the hard work. Sir Codrington himself spent most of his time in his plantation estate, Betty's Hope. Antigua followed the same laws as all other colonies, with no Antigua-specific laws. Antigua, being an English colony, observed the traditional English holidays and customs.
sugar cane
windmill at Betty's hope
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