• Christopher Columbus visits the islands, naming the larger one Antigua.

  • Antigua is colonized by English Settlers from the nearby island of St. Kitts.

  • African slaves are brought to the islands to grow tobacco and sugarcane.

  • Antigua and Barbuda are administered together as part of the Leeward Islands federation.

  • Antigua and Barbuda becomes a self-governing state within the British Commonwealth. Britain retains control of the island’s defense and foreign affairs.
  • The sugar industry closed down, after being the main economic driver in the economy for over 50 years.

  • Antigua and Barbuda becomes independent.
  • Hurricane Luis devastates the islands, destroying 75% of all homes and setting back development by 10 years.

  • Six Russian banks are shut down after accusations of money laundering.
  • Allen Stanford, Antigua’s biggest private investor, is charged with massive fraud. This causes the business sector in the country to fall apart, prompting Venezuela to give $50 million in financial aid. A United States court convicted Stanford three years later for running a $7 billion Ponzi scheme through his Antigua based bank.

Sources:

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