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Colonized by English settlers from Saint Kitts in 1650, Anguilla was administered by Great Britain until the early 19th century, when the island - against the wishes of the inhabitants - was incorporated into a single British dependency along with Saint Kitts and Nevis. Several attempts at separation failed. In 1971, two years after a revolt, Anguilla was finally allowed to secede; this arrangement was formally recognized in 1980 with Anguilla becoming a separate British dependency.
Location: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico.
Coordinates: 18 15 N, 63 10 W
Area: total: 91 sq km., land: 91 sq km, water: 0 sq km.
Climate: tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds.
Terrain: flat and low-lying island of coral and limestone.
Elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m. Highest point: Crocus Hill 65 m.
Natural resources: salt, fish, lobster.
Land use: arable land: 0%. permanent crops: 0%. other: 100% (mostly rock with sparse scrub oak, few trees, some commercial salt ponds) (2005).
Natural hazards: frequent hurricanes and other tropical storms (July to October).
FACTS and FIGURES:
Ethnic groups: black (predominant) 90.1%, mixed, mulatto 4.6%, white 3.7%, other 1.5% (2001 census).
Languages: English (official).
Religions: Protestant 83.1% (Anglican 29%, Methodist 23.9%, other Protestant 30.2%), Roman Catholic 5.7%, other Christian 1.7%, other 5.2%, none or unspecified 4.3% (2001 census).
Population: 15,423 (July 2011 est.).
Major city: THE VALLEY (capital) 2,000 (2009).
National holiday: Anguilla Day, 30 May.
National symbol: dolphin.
Economy: Anguilla has few natural resources, and the economy depends heavily on luxury tourism, offshore banking, lobster fishing, and remittances from emigrants. Increased activity in the tourism industry has spurred the growth of the construction sector contributing to economic growth. Anguillan officials have put substantial effort into developing the offshore financial sector, which is small but growing. In the medium term, prospects for the economy will depend largely on the tourism sector and, therefore, on revived income growth in the industrialized nations as well as on favorable weather conditions.
Agriculture: small quantities of tobacco, vegetables; cattle raising.
|Exports: lobster, fish, livestock, salt, concrete blocks, rum.|
Imports: fuels, foodstuffs, manufactures, chemicals, trucks, textiles
Industries: tourism, boat building, offshore financial services
Telephones- 6,300 (2009), mobile- 24,000 (2009).
Broadcast media- 1 private TV station; multi-channel cable TV subscription services are available; about 10 radio stations, one of which is government-owned (2007)
Internet hosts: 283 (2010).
Internet users: 3,700 (2009).
Airports: 3 (2012).
Roadways: total: 175 km.
Ports and terminals: Blowing Point, Road Bay.
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