Looking to boost your knowledge of the Caribbean? Take a look at these 21 interesting facts about Anguilla!
- Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory in the Eastern Caribbean.
- Its nearest neighbours are Antigua and Barbuda to the southeast, Saint-Martin and Saint Kitts and Nevis to the south, US Virgin Islands to the southwest and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to the west.
- To relax on the stunning sandy beaches that this incredible country has to offer, head for the coordinates of 18.2272° N, 63.0490° W.
Flag of Anguilla
- Anguilla is a flat and low lying coral and limestone island.
- The total land area of Anguilla is 35 square miles (91 square kilometres)…
- …that’s almost 3 times the size of Blackpool.
- Anguilla’s population was 16,418 in 2015…
- …that’s less than 1/8th of the population of Blackpool!
- Residents here are known as Anguillians.
- The capital is The Valley; it had a population of 1,067 in 2011.
- Anguillians enjoy a tropical climate, moderated by northeast trade winds. There is a dry season from February to April and a rainy season from May to January.
- Although the tiny island of Anguilla boasts two airports, only one of them has a paved runway!
- The official language of Anguilla is English.
- Christopher Columbus first discovered the island in 1493 and apparently named it Anguilla because of its eel-like shape!
- East Caribbean Dollar is the official currency here.
- Anguilla was once inhabited by the cannibalistic Carib tribe, who captured the island from the peaceful Arawak tribe!
- The average life span here is 81 years.
- Unusually, Anguilla’s national sport is boat racing!
- Anguilla grows tobacco and vegetables; they also rear cattle and catch fish.
- Its industry consists of tourism, boat building and offshore financial services.
- The main exports include lobster, fish, salt, livestock, rum and concrete blocks.
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