Indep. (1966) state (parliamentary democracy) in the West Indies; most easterly of the Caribbean* island; sometimes grouped with the Lesser Antilles. Area: ca. 166 sq. mi. Probably first contacted by Port. in the 16th c.; under Eng. influence since 1605; mem. of the Commonwealth of Nations 1966. Ethnic composition: ca. 90% Black, ca. 5% mixed, ca. 5% Caucasian, mainly of Brit. origin. Language: English. Religion: ca. 70% Angl.; the rest mostly Meth., Moravian, Pent., and RC.
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