SIZE: 35 sq. mi. (16 mi. x 3 mi.) POPULATION: 11,797 LANGUAGE: English CURRENCY: Eastern
Caribbean dollar GOVERNMENT: British territory WEB SITE: www.anguilla-vacation.com
The bumper sticker "Life?s a beach!" must have been created for
Anguilla. Barren and not particularly scenic, Anguilla is a scruffy, low-lying
island five miles north of St. Martin. But 30 or more of the world?s
most gorgeous beaches—long crescents of white sand—encircle this 3-
by-16-mile-long island. And most of these lustrous stretches are either
deserted or barely developed.
There is little racial tension on the island, thanks undoubtedly to a
very short history of slavery. Attempts at cotton and tobacco production
were generally unsuccessful, and the few slaves that had been brought to
Anguilla were left to fend for themselves. Scratching out a living off the
land, fishing the rich waters around the island, and trading with other
islands, the early Anguillans developed a resilience and independent-mindedness
that has been passed to today?s islanders.
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