November 1 is Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Antigua and Barbuda from the United Kingdom in 1981.
The islands were inhabited by three successive Amerindian (Pre-Columbian peoples of the Americans) societies. The islands were neglected by the first wave of European colonization, but were settled by England in 1632. Under British control, the islands witnessed an influx of both Britons and African slaves.
In 1981, the islands were granted independence as the modern state of Antigua and Barbuda.
Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island country lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands. Antigua is Spanish for “ancient” and Barbuda is Spanish for “bearded”.