Issue Dates: 1863-1975
Scott Catalogue Value: $1,519.75
Mystic Price: $1,150.00
You Save: $369.75
Antiqua and Barbuda collection contains 145 stamps and 15 album pages. Blend of mint and postally used issues with many high-value stamps. The collection begins with #2-8, which has a catalogue value of more than $600. Highlights include a mint never-hinged #17, the 1882-86 violet 1 shilling stamp which has a value of $175. Also includes War Tax stamps. Impressive addition to your worldwide collection.
Antigua and Barbuda is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. It consists of three islands, Antigua, Barbuda, and Redonda, which have a total land area of 171 square miles. Antigua has a land area of 108 square miles, Barbuda 62 square miles, and Redonda has about one half of a square mile. Ninety eight percent of the nation’s 82,000 people live on Antigua. Only two percent live on Barbuda, and Redonda is uninhabited. St. John’s, the capital and largest city with a population of 36,000, is located on the northwest coast of Antigua.
Carib Indians were the first inhabitants of Antigua and Barbuda. Christopher Columbus became the first European to discover Antigua in 1493. In 1632, British colonists settled the island. The British brought slaves from Africa to work on sugar cane plantations. In 1834 the slaves were freed, and most of the British settlers left, although the British government maintained control of the government. The colony became a member of the West Indies Associated States in 1967, and gained greater control over its internal affairs. On November 1, 1981, the nation of Antigua and Barbuda gained its independence.
Today, most of the nation’s citizens are the descendants of African slaves. English is the official language. The vast majority are Protestants, with Anglicans being the largest single denomination. There is a well-developed primary and secondary educational system. People dress much as they do in the United States. Primary foods include beans, fish, lobster, and sweet potatoes.
Antigua and Barbuda’s government is a constitutional monarchy. It is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations – an association of independent countries and other political units that lived under British law and government. The government is headed by a Prime Minister and Cabinet. A 17-member Parliament, which is divided into a House of Representatives and Senate, creates the nation’s laws. The prime minister is the head of the majority party of the House of Representatives. Cabinet members are chosen by the prime minister.
Formed by volcanoes long ago, the islands, worn by wind and rain, are now very flat. Known for their beautiful white sand beaches, the islands have an average temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Tourism ranks as one of the primary sources of income. Sugar and cotton are also important exports. Periods of drought can sometimes devastate these crops, so the government has done a great deal to encourage the growth of small industry. Clothing, paint, and home appliances such as stoves and refrigerators are manufactured there.