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Antigua is an island in the Caribbean Sea with an area of 280 km². The island is part of the state of Antigua and Barbuda and had a population of 80,161 in 2011. Saint John's is the largest city on the island and also the capital of Antigua and Barbuda.
Antigua was discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, who named the island after Santa Maria la Antigua, a Marian image with chapel of the same name that is located in the Cathedral of Seville.
The island remained largely uninhabited until it was taken over by English settlers in 1632. The English were driven out by the Caribs but returned in 1663. In 1666 the island was plundered by the French. The following year, in the peace of Breda, the island was formally assigned to the English.
Antigua became independent from the United Kingdom in 1981 and has since formed the nation of 'Antigua and Barbuda' with the islands of Barbuda and Redonda.
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