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History
The British colonized Montserrat in 1632. French invasions occurred twice in the 1660s and again in 1782. The Treaty of Versailles returned the island to Britain in 1783.

Between 1871 and 1956 Montserrat was part of the Leewards Island Colony and a member of the Federation of the West Indies from 1958 to 1962.

In July 1995 the Soufriere Hillsí Chances volcano (in the south) erupted and thousands of people had to move to the north of the island. On 25 June 1997 there was another eruption; much of the island became uninhabitable and nineteen people lost their lives. Severe eruptions occurred again in July 2001 and July 2003.

Following the volcanic activity many people left Montserrat. Initially, Montserratians were granted the right to work in the UK for two years. This was extended to allow permanent residency (1998) and eventually British citizenship (2002).

Economy
Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory and has access to EU markets.

Between 1995 and 2003 the island suffered severe volcanic eruptions; development aid from the UK government was made available to rebuild Montserrat's infrastructure and regenerate the economy.

Montserrat's industries include electronic appliances, textiles and rum. The agricultural sector produces vegetables such as cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and peppers. Livestock is kept and there is a fishing industry.

The tourist industry provides opportunities for activities such as deep sea fishing and diving. (2011)

Arts
"Festival", celebrating arts and culture indigenous to the region, is a two week event at the end of the year.

Sport
Cricket is a popular sport in Montserrat. Other sports played include basketball and football.

The coastal waters provide opportunities for snorkelling, scuba diving and sea fishing.

The Montserrat Open Fishing Tournament takes place at the end of April and the beginning of May.

Holidays
Easter, Christmas and New Year are holidays. Other days celebrated include St Patrick's Day (a week of celebrations in March), Labour Day (1 May) and the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II (June).

News
News is available from Newslink.

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