Caribbean Island Guides: Anguilla

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About Anguilla
Surely a tropical paradise with beautiful beaches, a small island which offers total relaxation for those who seek it, families, honeymooners etc. Relax on the beaches or enjoy the various water related activities e.g. scuba diving,parasailing etc or take an art gallery tour, Museum tour or go birdwatching. When night falls there is lively tropical entertainment. For those who are looking for tranquillity, you are sure to find it here.
Anguilla has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and many luxurious hotels have sprung up. Whether the beaches are used for swimming or simply relaxing or for the many water-related activities they draw the visitor to them. Birdwatching is a popular pastime as the island has a variety of beautiful birds. Art Galleries and studios are another drawing card for the visitor.
Beaches and beach related activities are the most popular activities. There is diving, fishing, glass bottom boat trips, parasailing, snorkling , to mention just a few of the great activities offered. Birdwatching, hiking, spa and wellness as well as variety of art gallery and museum tours offer the visitor further choices to explore.
About 4000 years ago the island was inhabited by Amerindians who came from S.America. By the fourth Century Amerindians of the Saladoid culture were settled there and there remains up to date evidence of their culture. Many artifacts have been found at 2 impressive cave sites. The island was then known as Malliouhana. European settlers later changed the name to Anguilla and the island changed hands between the French and British during the 1700's. During the 1800's the island developed a plantation economy. It was a part of the St.Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla union for many years,during the time of the Federation. Anguillans longed for more independence in their own affairs and on May 30, 1967 the Anguillan Revolution took place. Finally in December 19,1980 Anguilla became a separate dependent territory with some autonomy in Government.
 

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