For those who have never visited a former colonial holding, the architecture of the area always comes as something of a shock.  When greeted with the lush greenery of the island, one does not expect to come across British architectural styles.  Examples of this include the Government House that is built in the 17th century Colonial style, and the Georgian architecture of Nelson’s Dockyard.  Many former estates (like the Georgian Clarence House) and churches (such as St. Peters) are also excellent examples of architectural style.  Set against the West-Indian “gingerbread” style of local building, the face of Antigua is a physical reminder of the many different people who have called it home. 

Some of the most precious structures in Antigua are important not only as architectural monuments, but as historical artifacts as well.  The sugar mills that were used to process the cane (found at Betty’s Hope) and the sugar factories themselves (such as Gunthorpe’s Sugar Factory and Montpelier Sugar Factory) represent the former commercial nature of the colonial period, while military buildings, including Shirley Heights (a former military barricade), Fort George and Fort James, and Fort Barrington speak to its military nature. 

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