Anguilla is a small but proud island in the Caribbean. It is the most northern of the Leeward Islands in the lesser Antilles. The island is approximately 16 miles long, with a population of 13,500.
The first inhabitants of Anguilla were Amerindians and the island boasts one of the oldest known Amerindian sites, Fountain Cavern. Fountain Cavern can be found within Anguilla’s National Park near one of the best beaches in the world, Shoal Bay. Anguilla was alternatively fought over by both the French and the English. After a brief sojourn with a plantation economy, plantation owners gave up on the rocky soil and left slaves to fend for themselves during the 19th Century, leaving a population of approximately 2000.