Overview of Island
Anguilla, an island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, is a British overseas territory. It is one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, north of Saint Martin. The territory consists of the main island of Anguilla, approximately 16 miles (26 km) long by 3 miles (4.8 km) wide at its widest point, together with a number of much smaller islands and cays with no permanent population.
Capital: The Valley
Languages: English & Creole (Anguillan)
Amerindians of South America discovered the Island 4000 years ago and called it "Mailliouhana" which meant arrow-shape sea serpent, and various tribes inhabited the Island for 400+ years. In 1650 The English settlers from St. Kitts colonized the Island and replaced the corn and tobacco planted by the Amerindians with sugar. They was overthrown by the French, and regained in 1666 under the Treaty of Breda, during which time Anguilla prospered for hundreds of years under British rule with African slaves being brought in from Central and West Africa. The colony was established as a slave depot in 1672. In the 1830's Britain recommended a union between St. Kitts/Nevis and Anguilla which eventually failed due to the resistance of the latter Island's freeholders. After two revolutions Anguilla was allowed to secede and became a an internally self-governing British overseas territory in 1980. Throughout all of this Anguilla was renamed from the Arawak name “Malliouhana” to “Anguilla” by the Europeans.
More than 90% of Anguillan's residents are descendants of slaves transported from Western Africa, more recently mixed with Chinese, Indian and Mexican who were brought in as labourers for major tourist developments in 2006 and 2007.
Anguilla is a popular tax haven since there are no forms of direct taxation such as capital gains, estate, or profit taxes.
Things to do
Farm and Organic Gardens
Endangered Species Garden
Where to stay
Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa
A haven of tranquility and luxury is Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa! Here is blended a contemporary luxury with experiences anchored in the rich island tradition.
La Vue Boutique Inn
Come to enjoy the La Vue experience on our tranquil island! We look forward to welcoming you to La Vue Boutique Inn and extending our true Anguillan warmth and hospitality.