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History
Early migrants to Antigua and Barbuda were from the American mainland. Colonists from Europe arrived in the early seventeenth century.

Antigua became a British Colony in 1667 when France withdrew claims to the island.

Between 1871 and 1956 the islands of Antigua and Barbuda were administered together as part of the Leeward Islands Federation. Two years later they joined the Federation of the West Indies (1958 to 1962).

In 1967 Antigua and Barbuda and the small island of Redonda, became a self-governing state within the British Commonwealth.

Antigua and Barbuda achieved full independence in 1981.

Economy
Antigua's economy suffered from the global economic crisis which began in 2008; it was hit by the collapse of its largest financial institution and a decline in tourism. The economy continued to decline in 2010.

Tourism is the most significant contributor to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Industries are construction, household appliances, clothing, alcohol and handicrafts.

The agricultural sector is minimal in terms of GDP. Agricultural produce includes bananas, coconuts, mangoes, sugarcane, vegetables and livestock. Cotton is also grown. (2011)

Arts
Dancing and music is celebrated during Carnival. Steel bands are an important part of the festivities. A variety of Caribbean music is performed including calypso, reggae, and soca (a fusion of soul and calypso).

Sport
Cricket is a popular sport in Antigua and Barbuda. The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua, is named after the island's famous player. Other sports played in Antigua and Barbuda include football, volleyball and netball.

The islands are ideal for water sports such as swimming, snorkelling and diving. The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is an annual event.

Holidays
Easter, Christmas and New Year are celebrated. Other holidays in Antigua and Barbuda include Labour Day -1 May, and Independence Day - 1 November (1981).

News
News from Antigua and Barbuda is available from Newslink.

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