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Antigua and Barbuda

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Located in the northern part of the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles, the islands of Antigua and Barbuda are populated largely by blacks whose ancestors were transported as slaves from western Africa in the 17th and 18th centuries. Minorities include descendants of British colonial settlers, Portuguese laborers, and Lebanese and Syrian traders. Anglican Protestantism and Roman Catholicism claim the largest number of adherents, although a wide variety of other denominations exist, and complete religious freedom prevails. Following the 2018 elections, women held two seats in the House (11.8 percent) and nine appointed seats in the Senate (52.9 percent). The Inter-Parliamentary Union ranked the nation 158th out of 192 countries in women’s representation in parliament.

Agriculture dominated the economy until the 1960s, when a pronounced decline in ...

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