The permanent population of Antigua and Barbuda is 81,800. It became independent from the United Kingdom in 1981, but Elizabeth II is still the Constitutional Monarch. This means it has a Governor-General (who represents the Queen) and a Prime Minister. Antigua is the Spanish word for Ancient, and Barbuda for Bearded. New diseases from European & African immigrants (e.g. Smallpox) killed most of the native population during the age of discovery. The British ruled from 1632-1981 using the islands for sugar plantations under slave labour from 1684 until it was abolished in 1834. In September 2017, almost all the infrastructure of Barbuda was destroyed by Hurricane Irma leaving the island barely inhabitable.
Parishes of Antigua