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Alternative meaning: Anguilla is a genus of freshwater eel (sole genus in the family Anguillidae).

Anguilla is an island in the eastern Caribbean and is a British dependency with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state, represented by a Governor. The locally elected Chief Minister of the island serves as head of government.

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National motto:
Each Endeavouring, All Achieving
Official languageEnglish
Political status Non-sovereign, Overseas territory of the U.K
Capital The Valley
GovernorAlan Huckle
Chief Minister Osbourne Fleming
 - Total
 - % water
Ranked n/a
91 km²
 - Total (2002)
 - Density
Ranked n/a
Currency East Caribbean dollar
Time zone UTC -4
National Song God Bless Anguilla [1]
Internet TLD.AI
Calling Code1-264

First colonized by English settlers in 1650, Anguilla was incorporated into a single British dependency along with the neighbouring islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the early 19th century, much to the objections of many Anguillans. In 1980, however, Anguilla formally withdrew from the territory, becoming a separate British dependency, which it remains.

Map of Anguilla

The island's main industries are fishing and tourism, with offshore banking playing and increasing role in the economy. Miliary defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom. The majority of Anguillans are Protestant and are of African descent.

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From the CIA World Factbook 2000. Slightly edited, not completely Wikified.

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[ Edit {}] Countries in West Indies
Antigua and Barbuda | Bahamas | Barbados | Cuba | Dominica | Dominican Republic | Grenada | Haiti | Jamaica | Saint Kitts and Nevis | Saint Lucia | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines | Trinidad and Tobago
Dependencies: Anguilla | Aruba | Bermuda | British Virgin Islands | Cayman Islands | Guadeloupe | Martinique | Montserrat | Netherlands Antilles | Puerto Rico | Turks and Caicos Islands | U.S. Virgin Islands