[map of Antigua and Barbuda] [flag of Antigua and Barbuda] Caribbean islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east-southeast of Puerto Rico. The Siboney were the first inhabitants the islands of Antigua and Barbuda in 2400 B.C. Arawak and Carib Indians lived there when Columbus landed on his second voyage in 1493. Early settlements by the Spanish and French were succeeded by the English who formed a colony in 1667. Slavery was established to run the sugar plantations on Antigua, but was abolished in 1834. The islands became an independent state within the British Commonwealth of Nations in 1981. The population is primarily Christian, but only a small percentage are Catholic. Ecclesiastically Antigua is governed by the Nunciature to Antigua and Barbuda. See also,
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