Anguilla Information - Page 1
Anguilla, an Overseas Territory of the UK, is in the Caribbean, east of Puerto Rico.
The capital is The Valley on the island of Anguilla. Other islands belonging to the Territory include Anguillita, Dog Island, Prickly Pear Island, Sandy Island, Scrub Island and Sombrero Island.
Anguilla is a coral and limestone island. The terrain is flat and low-lying.
The climate of Anguilla is tropical; the trade winds provide a warm breeze.
The Anguilla National Trust was established in 1993 to protect the natural environment and preserve cultural resources.
A number of conservation programmes have been established to protect iguanas and sea turtles.
There are seven Marine Parks (Dog Island, Little Bay, Prickley Pear, Sandy Island, Seal Island Reef System, Shoal Bay Harbour Reef System and Stoney Bay).
The Wallblake House Trust was formed to restore Wallblake House, a late eighteenth century plantation house, in The Valley.
Buildings of interest in The Old Valley include traditional wooden houses and Ebenezer's Methodist Church, the oldest church in Anguilla.
The population of Anguilla was estimated at 15,094 in 2011.
English is the official language in Anguilla.
The majority of the people in Anguilla are Christians (mainly Anglicans, Methodists and other Protestants).
Agricultural produce grown in Anguilla is supplemented by vegetables and fruit imported from other Caribbean islands.
Local people rear animals and the daily catch of fish plays an important part in the diet.
Salt fish, prepared with hot peppers, onions and tomatoes, is often eaten for breakfast, served with fried johnny cakes.
Rice and peas is a traditional Caribbean dish.
Vegetables and fruit available from the market include dasheen, plantains, sweet potatoes, bananas, mangoes, papayas and pineapples. Fruit from the tamarind is mixed with sugar to make sweet and sour tamarind balls.
Herbal teas and local drinks are produced. A popular soft drink, known as mauby, is made from the bark of the carob tree.
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