Meeting Date: 26 April 2013

Prepared By: Wendy Campanella


Meet Anguilla

One World Rotary's website includes code on each page called Google Analytics. This is free code provided by Google that allows us to "track" traffic to our site. It lets us know where people are visiting from, what devices and browser software they use, how many pages are visited, and the average time a visitor spends on the site.

For One World, the average time on site is a little over six minutes, which is pretty high compared to corporate standards. Google Analytics allows us to view the length of time spent on the site on a country-by-country basis as well, and the country with the highest average time on site is Uruguay at over 13 minutes. Another country in the top five is a small Carribean country called Anguilla, from which we've had one visitor who has stopped by twice, spending a total of 25 minutes with us. Who this person is, we don't know. But we can take some time to learn about the country from which our visitor either hails or to which he or she traveled, perhaps a Rotarian on vacation and performing a makeup?

The name Anguilla comes from the romance language word for "eel" referring to the shape of this flat, low-lying island in the Caribbean Sea, directly north of Saint Martin. In addition to the main island there are several smaller islands that are mostly uninhabited. Anguilla is noted for its spectacular and ecologically important coral reefs and beaches. The island is relatively cool and dry due to northeastern winds. Average temperatures are in the 80s almost all year round. Annual rainfall is about 35 inches, with tropical rainstorms and hurricanes being relatively common.

Anguilla is a rather small country with a population of just 15,754 people putting it at #220 on the world's list of 239 countries. 90% of the people who live there are the descendents of slaves transported from Africa.

Anguilla was colonized by English settlers from Saint Kitts in 1650, but its earliest residents were Amerindians from South America dating back to the 1300s. It was governed by Great Britain until the early 19th century, when the island - against the wishes of the inhabitants - was incorporated into a single British dependency along with Saint Kitts and Nevis. Several attempts at separation failed. Then, in 1971, Anguilla was finally allowed to secede. This arrangement was formally recognized in 1980, with Anguilla becoming a separate British dependency.

Anguilla has limited natural resources, and the economy depends heavily on luxury tourism, offshore banking, and lobster fishing. Tourism has also helped spur the growth of the construction sector contributing to economic growth, and Anguillan officials have put substantial effort into developing the offshore financial sector. Anguilla has become a popular tax haven, having no capital gains, estate, profit or other forms of direct taxation on either individuals or corporations.

Angilla is beautiful.

Trip Advisor says:

"What makes Anguilla's beaches the best in the world? White, powdery sand that stretches for miles, pristine waters and the laid-back, welcoming attitude of the Anguillan people. Swim and sunbathe all day—and all year round—at romantic public beaches like the aptly-named Rendezvous Bay, then dance to calypso music at Anguilla's annual summer festival."

Travel to Anguilla is typically by ferry from St. Maarten or by small aircraft, though a 737 can land on the island. View the following video to see what a 737 has to do to land and taxi on Anguilla!

Boeing 737 landing Anguilla (3:25)

[This plane, in case you're wondering is registered to SAS Institute in Cary, North Carolina--a provider of business analytics software.]

Finally, take a few minutes to unwind and enjoy the sites and atmosphere of Anguilla!

A day on Anguilla (9:28)


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