As Antigua has been home to many groups of people, including the native Siboney, the Arawaks who originated in modern-day Venezuela, the Caribs who occupied many of the Caribbean islands, settlers from England and France and the African slaves they brought to work the sugar plantations, the cultural heritage of the island is full of richness and diversity. 

The many cultural influences can be seen in Antiguan Creole, which unlike other versions of Creole includes words with West African roots.  As 96% of today’s Antiguans are descendants of the African slaves brought by English settlers, a large part of the Antiguan culture is heavily influenced by West-African spirit. 

However, there is also a strong European influence on Antiguan culture.  Christianity was brought along with the Europeans and most Antiguans practice the religion with Anglicanism as the official sect (other religions practice included Rastafarianism and the recently popular Ba’hai faith).  Other British influences include the Antiguan national sport (Cricket) and much of the island’s architectural style, including colonial houses and the remnants of the sugar mills which were built there during Antigua’s sugar production era. 

Today, many cultural celebrations take place in Antigua , including an annual Carnival and jazz festival.  

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