Leeward Islands: Location, History, Size, Population, & Government
About the Leeward Islands, information, history size, location, population, people, culture, and government.
Size--349 sq. mi. (904 sq. km.). Population--145,000.
The northern arc of the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean, the Leewards include St. Christopher (also known as St. Kitts), Nevis, Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Redonda, and Montserrat. Generally without industry or even incentives for industry, the islands remain poor and largely depend on Britain to maintain their economies. Increased tourist trade is a possible solution, but many blacks feel that more foreign investment in tourist-oriented projects would mean further repression. In 1967 the 6,000 people of Anguilla declared independence, but the Republic of Anguilla ended in 1969 when British soldiers landed on the island.
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