Saint John's Over Time

St. John's, the capital of Antigua and Barbuda, boasts a rich history dating back to the 17th century. Founded by the British in 1632, it was initially known as "Wadadli" by the indigenous Arawak people. Over the centuries, the city evolved into a strategic hub for trade and commerce in the Caribbean, thanks to its natural harbor. During colonial rule, Saint John's played a pivotal role in the sugar and rum industries, with numerous plantations dotting the island. The city's historic district still showcases charming Georgian architecture, including landmarks like St. John's Cathedral, built in 1847. In 1981, Antigua and Barbuda gained independence from Britain, and Saint John's became the nation's capital. Today, it continues to thrive as a vibrant Caribbean city, welcoming visitors with its colorful streets, lively markets, and a blend of cultural influences from its storied past.

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