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Caricom Member States8 

Antigua and Barbuda and The Bahamas


ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Caricom Member States8 - Antigua’s motto is “Each Endeavouring All Achieving” and their National Flower is Dagger’s Log.

Antigua is located in the Eastern Caribbean at the southern end of the Leeward Islands 40 km (25 miles) north east of  Montserrat. 


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Christopher Columbus arrived on Antigua in 1493 and named the island after a prominent Spanish Church in Seville Spain.  

The island was later colonised by the English in 1632 and apart from a brief French occupation, the island remained British until it became and associated state in 1967.  

In 1981 full independence was attained.


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  • Airport: VC Bird International (Antigua); Codrington (Barbuda) 
  • The capital is St John.  
  • The island is 442 sq km  (170 square miles) 
  • Currency is Easter Caribbean dollars (EC$). 

Antigua and Barbuda’s National Holidays are:

New Year's Day (01 January), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labour Day (First Monday in May), Whit Monday (First Monday in June), Caricum Day (First Monday in July), Summer Carnival (Monday and Tuesday of first week of August), Independence Day (01 November), Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December).  Holidays that fall on a Sunday are observed the following Monday. 

National Dish: Antigua Pepper Pot.

Govt. website at www.gov.ag 

Source: www.caricom.org

THE BAHAMAS

Caricom Member States8The motto of The Bahamas is "Forward, Upward, Onward Together" and their National Flower is the Yellow Elder.

The Bahamas is an archipelago of 700 islands and over 2000 islets spread over an area of approx 161,000 sq km (100,000 sq miles), 80 km (50 miles) off the south east coast of Florida at its closest point and extends in a 1,200 km (750 miles) arc towards the northern edge of the Caribbean Sea.  

Twenty nine islands are permanently inhabited.


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These islands were colonised by the British the 16th century until internal self rule in 1964.  The Islands gained independence in 1973.

  • Airport:  Nassau International (New Providence) and  Freeport (Grand Bahama) 
  • Capital:  Nassau.
  • Population: approx 348,000  
  • Area: 13,864 sq km (5,353 sq miles)
  • Currency: the Bahamian Dollar.

The Bahamas National Holidays:

New Year's Day (01 January); Good Friday; Easter Monday; Whit Monday; Labour Day (02 June); Independence Day (10 July); Emancipation Day (04 August); Discovery Day (12 October); Christmas Day (25 December); Boxing Day (26 December).  Holidays that fall on Saturday or Sunday are observed on the following Monday

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Favourite Dish: Steamed Conch and Tomato Paste

Govt. website: www.bahamas.gov.bs 

Source www.caricom.org 

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