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Much of the culture seen today in Anguilla is a representation of the small island’s rich history, which began over 3000 years ago.
The name Anguilla means “eel”, and was given to the island by the Spanish, based on its long shape.
Today, the main industries on the island are fishing, boat building and tourism, although tourism generates the majority of Anguilla’s revenue. As a dependant territory of the UK, it has recently become one of the trendiest and high-end tourist destinations in the East Caribbean.
The official language of the island is English, but the culture is a mixture of both British and African influences.
There are many colorful festivals and celebrations on the island, most of which are based around historical events. The most well known is the Summer Festival, occurring every August, which celebrates the island’s emancipation. For two weeks, the island is filled with dancing, costumes, parades and fairs. There are also tons of beach picnics and lots of boat racing (Anguilla’s national sport).
The people of Anguilla are peaceful and friendly, and the majority are devout Christians. Many British holidays are celebrated on the island, but the people keep a good balance of old traditions and new customs.