Time in Anguilla (North America)

Time in Anguilla (North America)

Anguilla is in the Eastern Caribbean Time Zone which is UTC-4:00 hours AST or Atlantic Standard Time. At this time Anguilla does not follow DST or Daylight Saving Time. So the time in Anguilla through out the year remains UTC-4:00 hours AST. Although, Anguilla is geographically located in the North America, at this time Anguilla is actually a British Overseas territory in the Eastern Caribbean. Anguilla consists of a small mainland island and several off shore islets. The capital of Anguilla is The Valley which also happens to be the largest city.

Area, Population and GDP at this time in Anguilla

At this time in Anguilla the island territory covers just about 91 square kilometer which is ranked at 220th area wise in the world with hardly any area covered by water. The Population at this time in Anguilla is estimated as per 2011 census was 13,452 people with a population density of about 132 people per square kilometer. A vast majority of residents at this time in Anguilla (90%) are the descendants of slaves transported from Africa. Whites account for a minority population of just 3.7% and people of mixed race stand at a figure of under 5% as indicated in the 2001 Census. Out of these 72% people are Anguillian and the remaining 28% are non-Anguillian most of whom are citizens of US, UK, St Kitts & Nevis, the Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Jamaica, as per the 2001 census. Between the years 2006 and 2007 a lot of Chinese, Indian and Mexican workers came to Anguilla as workers to build up the major tourist industry as the local population was not large enough to complete the labour intensive jobs. The GDP (PPP) as per 2004 estimates was $109 million and per capita was $8,800. At this time in Anguilla. the currency used is East Caribbean Dollar but US Dollar is also accepted in Anguilla. The soil in Anguilla being unsuitable for farming, the main contribution to GDP comes from tourism, offshore incorporation and management, offshore banking and captive insureance apart from fishing industry.

Languages at this Time in Anguilla

At this time in Anguilla, most people speak Standard English Language with a lot of British influence in it. But english is not the only language in this small island. People also speak many varities of Spanish, Chinese as well as the languages of other immigrants. But the most common language other than standard English is the islands's own English-Lexifier Creole Language which is different from the French Creole or Antillean Creole spoken French islands like Martinique or Guadeloupe. This language at this time in Anguilla is called the Anguillian or Anguilla Talk which is more of a dialect with its main roots in early varieties of English mixed with West African Languages. The language is also fairly similar to the dialects spoken in other English speaking islands in the Eastern Caribbean by structure of the language. The Anguillian language also has grammar which has its roots in African languages, whereas the other lanugages have their grammar rooted in European languages.

Climate at this time in Anguilla

At this time in Anguilla, the climate is fairly dry and cool as well thanks to the Northeastern trade winds. The annual temperatures average to just about 27 degrees Celcius. July, August September and October happens to be the hottest months and December, January, February are the coolest months in Anguilla. At this time in Anguilla the raifall averages to 89 cm yearly which may vary every year widely because the rainfall during tropical storms and hurricanes which often happen in the months between July to November which also adds up tremendously to the rainfall received. In the year 1995 the island was hit by Hurricane Luis and Hurricane Lenny in the year 2000 causing severe flooding of up to 20 feet and caused heavy damages in Anguilla. The climate also makes Anguilla unsuitable for agriculture as the soil is also unsuitable.

Tourism at this time in Anguilla

At this time in Anguilla the tourism industry  is booming thanks to its being selected to host World Traven Awards in December 2014. This award is akin to the Oscars as far as the travel industry is concerned and was held in the Cuisin Art Resort and Spa where in Anguilla was voted to be the Wrold's Leading Luxury Island Destination which had Maldives and Mauritius and St Barts participating and marked history for Anguilla. Before 2008 recession, the economy of Anguilla was expanding fast with trouism being in the fore front, after recovering from  the Hurricane Luis of Sep 1995 which had beaten the island badly and the Hurricane Lenny in 2000 which had also cause severe damage to the island of Anguilla.

Government at this time in Anguilla.

At this time in Anguilla, the government is Parliamentary Dependency under a Constitutional Monarchy with a Monarch, a Governor, Deputy Governor, Chief Minister and a Responsible Minister of UK. At this time in Anguilla, being an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, it has an internally self-governing government withing the framework of parliamentary representative democratic dependency wherein the Chief Minister is the head of the Government in a Pluriform multry party system. Notwithstanding this status, the United Nations Committee on Decolonization has put Anguilla on the United Nations list of NON-Self-Governing territories. On 01 April 1982 Anguilla constitutinal order states that the Executive power is with the government, Legislative power is with the government and the House of Assembly and the Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. Further, the government has no military or armed forces under it because UK is responsible for its military defence. At this time in Anguilla there is just a small marine police force with just about 32 personnel operating fast partol boats.

Why Named Anguilla?

The name Anguilla probably was derived from the word for "eel" in any of various Romance languages like the modern Spanish: anguila; French: anguille; Italian: anguilla or Portuguese: enguia and most probably the name Anguilla was chosen because the island is shaped like an eel..At this time Anguilla is divided into 14 districts namely the Blowing Point, East End, George Hill, Island Harbour, North Hill, North Side, Sandy Ground, Sandy Hill, South Hill, Stoney ground, The Farrington, The Quarter including the Rey Hill, The Valley which includes the Upper and South Valley as well and lastly the West End which includes the Long Bay.