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Geography of Antigua
A brief history of Antigua
Antigua's plants and animals
The offshore islands
Great Bird island
 
The Birth of Antigua
Antigua was formed 25-30 million years ago when an underwater volcano erupted. Corals began to grow on the submerged volcanic material and limestone rock began to form. When the sea level fell, Antigua emerged above the surface.
 

The island of Barbuda receives far fewer visitors than Antigua

A strong hurricane can flip over a building as though it's a doll's house
The island is about 20 kilometres in diameter and 180 square kilometres in area. Boggy Peak (400 metres) is the highest point on the island. The sister island of Barbuda lies 45 kilometres north, connected to Antigua by an underwater platform. Some 11,000 years ago, Antigua and Barbuda formed a single island, but they became separated when the sea level rose. About 65,000 people live on Antigua, half of them in the capital, St.John's. Barbuda has just 1,200 inhabitants.
Antigua is a tropical island, with a hot and fairly dry climate throughout the year.

Like most Caribbean islands, Antigua has more than its fair share of hurricanes. In 1995, Hurricane Luis smashed through the island, destroying everything in its path. (See Hand of Fate)

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