For the sovereign state that includes the island, see Antigua and Barbuda.For other places named Antigua, see Antigua (disambiguation). also known as Waladli or Wadadli by the native population, is an island in the West Indies.However, according to a Smithsonian Institution article, the West African slave population in the Caribbean also had a high mortality, which was compensated by regular imports of very high numbers of new slaves from West and Central Africa.Today, collectors prize the uniquely designed "colonial" furniture built by West Indian slaves.It is one of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean region and the main island of the country of Antigua and Barbuda.
Unrest against enslavement among the Black Antiguans became increasingly common.
In fact, some historians Sugar became Antigua's main crop in about 1674, when Christopher Codrington (c 1640-1698) settled at Betty's Hope plantation.
He came from Barbados, bringing the latest sugar technology with him.
It was located on the major sailing routes among the region's resource-rich colonies.
Lord Horatio Nelson, a major figure in Antigua history, arrived in the late 18th century to preserve the island's commercial shipping prowess.