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Antigua Coat of Arms 

Motto: "Each Endeavouring, All Achieving"

Antigua Coat-of-Arms was originally designed by Mr. Gordon Christopher, about 1966. It was later modified by the Financial Secretary, Mr. Don Cribbs.

The motto EACH ENDEAVOURING, ALL ACHIEVING was composed by Mr. James H. Carrot M.B.E., who at the time was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Production and Labour. He won a prize of $100.

The Pineapple surmounting the arms represents the famous Antigua Black Pineapple.

The Red Hibiscus flowers are symbolic of the many varieties that bloom in the Nation.

The Golden Sun and the wavy blue and white BANDS symbolize the Sea, Sun and Beaches.

The central SUGAR MILL TOWER and the stem of SUGAR CANE echoes the historic production of sugar, once the main industry.

The Century Plant or DAGGER POLE with its stem and showy golden yellow flowers was a part of the historic emblem of Antigua and the Leeward Islands.

The two rampant DEER depict the only large animal within the Eastern Caribbean and that is unique to Antigua and Barbuda.





The Flag of Antigua and Barbuda was officially adopted on February 27, 1967.

The sun represents the dawning of a new era, the red indicates the energy of the people, blue is hope and the black represents its African ancestry.

The V shape is said to symbolize victory and the overall combination of yellow, blue and white represents the sun, sand and sea of this Caribbean island nation.


The National Anthem of Antigua & Barbuda

Fair Antigua and Barbuda
We thy sons and daughters stand,
Strong and firm in peace or danger
To safe guard our native land.
We commit ourselves to building
A true nation brave and free.
Ever striving ever seeking
Dwell in love and unity.

Raise the standard! Raise it boldly!
Answer now to duty's call
To the service of thy country,
Sparing nothing, giving all;
Gird your loins and join the battle
'Gainst fear, hate and poverty,
Each endeavouring, all achieving,
Live in peace where man is free.

God of nations, let Thy blessings
Fall upon this land of ours;
Rain and sunshine ever sending,
Fill her fields with crops and flowers;
We her children do implore Thee,
Give us strength, faith, loyalty,
Never failing, all enduring
To defend her liberty.

LYRICS BY - Novelle Hamilton Richards.
MUSIC BY - Walter P. Chambers


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Antigua and Barbuda (Spanish for "ancient" and "bearded") is a twin-island nation lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands (including Great Bird, Green, Guinea, Long, Maiden and York Islands and further south, the island of Redonda). The permanent population numbers approximately 81,800 (at the 2011 Census) and the capital and largest port and city is St. John's, on Antigua.

Separated by a few nautical miles, Antigua and Barbuda are in the middle of the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles, roughly at 17 degrees north of the Equator. The country is nicknamed "Land of 365 Beaches" due to the many beaches surrounding the islands. Its governance, language, and culture have all been strongly influenced by the British Empire, of which the country was formerly a part.


Capital and largest city Saint John's
17°7′N 61°51′W / 17.117°N 61.850°W / 17.117; -61.850
Official languages English
Local language Antiguan Creole
Ethnic groups (1996) 91% Black
4.4% Mixed
2.9% Other
1.7% White
Demonym Antiguan
Government Parliamentary democracy under federal constitutional monarchy
Monarch Elizabeth II
Area 440 km2 (195th)
170 sq mi
Population (2011) 81,799
Currency East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Time Zone AST (UTC-4)

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