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Geography Guy
987518.  Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:42 am Reply with quote

Antigua and Barbuda is a small Caribbean nation with strong ties to its former British rulers. Still a member of the Commonwealth, the population is around 80,000, mostly on the larger island Antigua and its main settlement, Saint John's (also the capital).
As with most of the Caribbean, the Spaniards reached Antigua and Barbuda before the British, but declined to settle them due to lack of fresh water, uncooperative locals, and the islands being "old" (antigua) and "bearded" (barbuda) - so they named them accordingly, and we still use these names to date.
The highest point in the country is Mount Obama, in Southern Antigua. At this point, you would expect me to say something about how this was named after some local Antiguan, long before America's Obama presidency. But you would be wrong. In honour of US President Barack Obama's birthday on 4 August 2009, Antigua & Barbuda's Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer officially renamed the dreary-sounding Boggy Peak to Mount Obama. As far as birthday presents go, a 400-metre Caribbean mountain isn't bad.

 
Zebra57
987647.  Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:47 am Reply with quote

QI is the third island the tiny Redonda which is uninhabited. It lies only 22.5 kilometres (14.0 mi) northwest of Montserrat, and 32 kilometres (20 mi) southeast of Nevis.

Columbus named the island Santa Marķa la Redonda, meaning Saint Mary the Round descibing its shape. A British possession, in 1967 it was attached to St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla.

Redonda is famous as an erstwhile micro-nation.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Redonda

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1249062.  Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:52 pm Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
QI is the third island the tiny Redonda which is uninhabited. It lies only 22.5 kilometres (14.0 mi) northwest of Montserrat, and 32 kilometres (20 mi) southeast of Nevis.

Columbus named the island Santa Marķa la Redonda, meaning Saint Mary the Round descibing its shape. A British possession, in 1967 it was attached to St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla.

Redonda is famous as an erstwhile micro-nation.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Redonda


Even though the island is populated by seabirds and feral goats from 1979 to 1991 the island issued its own postage stamps. The reason behind this is that Antigua had plans to open a resort there when the guano and phosphate mining ran out. Unfortunately plans did not come to fruition because the island has no natural harbour.

Neither Scott's nor Gibbons list these stamps but Gibbons does annotate them without value.

https://goo.gl/p3TaSe

 

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