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Anguilla Island at a Glance

Location:Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico
Climate:tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds
Terrain:flat and low-lying island of coral and limestone
Resources:salt, fish, lobster
Hazards:frequent hurricanes and other tropical storms (July to October)
Population:14,436 (July 2009 est.)

A Brief Profile of Anguilla Island

Colonized by English settlers from Saint Kitts in 1650, Anguilla was administered by Great Britain until the early 19th century, when the island - against the wishes of the inhabitants - was incorporated into a single British dependency along with Saint Kitts and Nevis. Several attempts at separation failed. In 1971, two years after a revolt, Anguilla was finally allowed to secede; this arrangement was formally recognized in 1980 with Anguilla becoming a separate British dependency.

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