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Antigua Comes First

Antigua is Spanish for "Ancient"

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Antigua is an island in the West Indies, in the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean region. Wikipedia says that it was named by Christopher Columbus after an icon in Seville Cathedral, Santa Maria de la Antigua — St. Mary the Ancient

The island name is NOT pronounced as you might think if you just sounded it out. The local pronunciation is NOT
an-TEE-gwua. The U is not pronounced so they say an-TEE-ga;.

There are other places named Antigua, so when you look this up on the internet, be sure you are not seeing something about either

Antigua Guatemala, a city in the central mountains of Guatemala or

Antigua, Fuerteventura, a municipality of Fuerteventura Island, Canary Islands, Spain

We visited Antigua by cruise ship and we could see Montserrat from one of the overlooks there. So the second time we visited Antigua, we took an excursion to Montserrat by helicopter from Antigua.


When Catholic-Irish settlers fleeing from persecution on St. Kitts arrived in Montserrat sometime between 1632 and 1633, they nicknamed it ‘The Emerald Isle’ because of the lush green giant ferns and forests climbing the sides of Montserrat’s two volcanoes, and the island’s resemblance to Ireland.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 19:47 Archived in Antigua and Barbuda

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