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Antigua, also widely referred to as Waladli or Wadadli by the native population, is one of the islands of the Lesser Antilles. It is one of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea and the main island of the nation of Antigua and Barbuda.
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Antigua and Barbuda is a tropical, yet dry, three island nation in the Eastern Caribbean. The largest island, Antigua, is 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, it has secluded bays and sandy beaches, coral reefs and volcanic rocks rising to about 400 metres at Mount Obama (formally Boggy Peak). Due to it flatland topography, its main industry was sugar cane farming, which lasted for over 200 years. Following its independence from Great Britain in 1981, tourism and related services has become Antigua’s primary industry. The next largest employment sectors are in government and financial services industries.
With some 95 miles of superb coastline, Antigua’s 365 beaches are almost exclusively washed by the Caribbean Sea. Its clean, clear, turquoise waters are inhabited by a wide array of tropical fish and other marine life including Whales (Sperm Whales, Humpback Whales, Killer Whales), Dolphins, Sea Turtles (Green Turtles, Leatherback Turtles, and the endangered Hawksbill Turtle), as well as Rays and a whole host of water birds.
As a result, tourism accounts for nearly 60% of GDP and 40% of investment income, with key target markets being Canada, Europe, and the USA. Antigua is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Barbuda, located 25 miles north of Antigua, is a flat coral island surrounded by protective reefs and features a large lagoon and a Frigate Bird sanctuary. It has one settlement, Codrington, which was founded in 1685 to be the main residential centre on the island. Barbuda boasts a rich history, with the first slave rebellion in 1741, Beach’s Rebellion, changing the islands trajectory from a breading For travellers and visitors, Codrington is served by Barbuda Codrington Airport.
While tiny Redonda is a mere 1 mile long and 0.3 miles wide and 296 metres at its highest point. This small rocky island is uninhabited and lies 34.9 miles southwest of Antigua. However, it is home to a vast number of sea birds, and was once an important source of guano (a fertiliser harvested from the excrement of sea birds and bats). Guano was also, to a lesser extent, sourced for producing gunpowder and other explosive materials.