Antigua and Barbuda

Learn a little about Antigua and Barbuda, and print some of our useful flags, maps and other fun activities!

Aerial view of Falmouth Bay, English Harbour, Antigua
Aerial view of Falmouth Bay, English Harbour, Antigua

A Little Geography

  • Located in the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean, this small sovereign state in the West Indies lies between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The country is made up of two major islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and various smaller islands with lovely names such as Great Bird Island, Green Island and Prickly Pear Island. Antigua and Barbuda are separated by a few nautical miles.
  • The country has a population of around 81,000, most of whom live on Antigua. Its capital city is St John's on Antigua, which is also its largest port. Barbuda's capital is Codrington.

A Little History

  • The earliest settlements discovered in Antiqua date back to around 3000 BC and suggest that hunter-gatherer Amerindians lived there, leaving behind carefully crafted shell and stone tools for archaelogists to find around the island.
  • In early AD, indigenous West Indians known as the Arawaks populated the islands and introduced agriculture. They were then displaced in around 1100 AD by the aggressive Caribs.
  • Christopher Columbus sailed past and "discovered" the island in 1493 and named it after Santa Maria la Antigua, a Catholic saint.
  • It wasn't until much later that Europeans settled on the island. A lack of fresh water, and the fierce local Caribs, put them off! Finally, in 1632, the English settled there.
  • In 1684 Sir Christopher Codrington, an English aristocrat, arrived on Antigua and started its first sugar cane plantation, importing African slaves as labour. It was hugely successful and by the end of the 19th century, Antigua was a very important colony, both commercially (the wealth it generated) and strategically (as the "gateway to the Caribbean").
  • Its importance meant that Antigua had to be protected, and the British naval fleet, under the command of the famous Lord Horatio Nelson, was based there. Nelson's Dockyard was built to enforce shipping laws.
  • In 1834, Britain abolished slavery in its empire and all slaves in Antigua were "emancipated", or freed.
  • The nation gained independence in 1981. It is a member of the Commonwealth.

And Some Interesting Facts

  • Antigua is famous for the number and beauty of its beaches. Locals claim there are 365, one for each day of the year.

One of Antigua's 365 beaches!
One of Antigua's 365 beaches!

  • Cricket is the national sport and many famous players, including Sir Vivian Richards and Curtley Ambrose, were born in Antigua.
  • The Magnificant Frigate bird is a large bird of prey with a wide wingspan allowing it to roam long distances over the sea to find food.
  • A well known dish is called Pepperpot, a rich stew of yams, pig snouts and vegetables served with a cornmeal dish called fungee. It sounds odd but apparently tastes delicious!
  • In September 2017, Hurricane Irma hammered the island of Barbuda. All residents were evacuated and much of the island was destroyed. You can learn more about hurricanes here.

About the Antigua and Barbuda Flag

Flag of Antigua and Barbuda

The National flag of Antigua and Barbuda was designed by Sir Reginald Samuel, a nationally acclaimed sculptor and artist. The yellow sun represents a ‘new era’, rising above a blue stripe (the Caribbean Sea) representing hope. The black colour shows the African ancestry and the red represents the dynamism of the people. The ‘V-shape’ is the symbol for Victory.


Our Antigua and Barbuda Resources

Antigua and Barbuda Booklet

Antigua and Barbuda Booklet

There are two foldable booklets to use for a project on Antigua and Barbuda. Or if you are really lucky a holiday diary. Instructions to make the booklets can be found here.

Antigua and Barbuda Coat of Arms Worksheet

Antigua and Barbuda Coat of Arms Worksheet

We have two worksheets all about the interesting Antigua and Barbuda coat of arms! Both worksheets ask the children to find out some details about the coat of arms, and the second worksheet also asks them to design a new coat of arms and to explain their design...

Antigua and Barbuda Facts Poster

Antigua and Barbuda Facts Poster

We've put some key facts about Antigua and Barbuda on this colourful poster (and the national flag too). Perfect for topic work and classroom displays!

Antigua and Barbuda Factsheet

Antigua and Barbuda Factsheet

This handy one-page factsheet has all the key facts about Antigua and Barbuda, and is perfect for wall displays or topic books.

Antigua and Barbuda National Flower Colouring Page

Antigua and Barbuda National Flower Colouring Page

This beautiful colouring page features the national flower of Antigua and Barbuda - the Dagger Log. The Dagger Log has stunning yellow flowers which rise from the large rosette formed by the Agave plant. 

Antigua and Barbuda Picture Gallery

Antigua and Barbuda Picture Gallery

The kids can use this fun picture gallery to draw some pictures of Antigua and Barbuda. A fun activity if you're learning about different countries!

Antigua and Barbuda Postcard 1

Antigua and Barbuda Postcard 1

Wish you were here?  I certainly wish I was on that lovely beach in Antigua and Barbuda! Can the children imagine they are staying there and write a postcard for someone back home?

Antigua and Barbuda Postcard 2

Antigua and Barbuda Postcard 2

Can the kids draw a picture of something they might see in Antigua and Barbuda, then describe what it's like to stay there for someone back home?

Antigua and Barbuda Poster 1

Antigua and Barbuda Poster 1

This poster of Antigua and Barbuda will brighten up even the greyest day! For the best results print using the borderless settings on your printer.

Antigua and Barbuda Poster 2

Antigua and Barbuda Poster 2

This simple Antigua and Barbuda poster is perfect to display on its own, or in a group with some of our flag posters for other countries.

Antigua and Barbuda Story Paper

Antigua and Barbuda Story Paper

There's an idyllic scene at the top of this Antigua and Barbuda story paper, and plenty of space below to write about this beautiful country, or for an original story!

Antigua and Barbuda Study Pack

Antigua and Barbuda Study Pack

We've got the perfect set of resources if you're learning about Antigua and Barbuda, and we've put it all together here in one bumper 25 page pack! There's factsheets, activities, puzzles, colouring pages and much, much more!

Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Leaflet

Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Leaflet

Can the kids write about what there is to see and do in Antigua and Barbuda and design their own tourist leaflet? A great activity for practising persuasive writing - simply print and fold on the dotted lines to make a three-fold leaflet.

 

Antigua and Barbuda Travel Brochure Worksheet

Antigua and Barbuda Travel Brochure Worksheet

The kids will need to do a little research about Antigua and Barbuda then practise their persuasive writing skills for this travel brochure worksheet. Can they encourage people to visit Antigua and Barbuda by writing some interesting text (and drawing a picture too)?

Antigua and Barbuda Worksheet

Antigua and Barbuda Worksheet

Here is a simple worksheet for children, asking them to write what they know about Antigua and Barbuda and fill in some basic facts.

Climate of Antigua and Barbuda Worksheet

Climate of Antigua and Barbuda Worksheet

The kids will enjoy this climate worksheet with a twist! Can they find out what the weather is doing in Antigua and Barbuda today, then present the information in the style of a weather app?

Culture in Antigua and Barbuda Worksheet

Culture in Antigua and Barbuda Worksheet

Ask the kids to do a little research about culture in Antigua and Barbados and record what they find on this handy worksheet! We've got two versions to choose from, blank or with lines.

Food from Antigua and Barbuda Worksheet

Food from Antigua and Barbuda Worksheet

Find out about the different types of food grown and eaten in Antigua and Barbuda, then draw a picture of a typical meal eaten in Antigua and Barbuda on the plate. Do you think you'd enjoy the meal?

Introduction to Antigua and Barbuda

Introduction to Antigua and Barbuda

We've got lots of facts about Antigua and Barbuda in this two-page introduction, covering geography, history and some interesting facts too.

Packing for Antigua and Barbuda Worksheet

Packing for Antigua and Barbuda Worksheet

Packing for trips and holidays is an important life skill, and these packing worksheets are a great way to get the kids thinking about what they'd need to take to various countries! Can they draw or write down the items they would need for a trip to Antigua and Barbuda?

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