(pop: 8,960, 1992 census) is a small island, only
about 35 miles square, and the most northerly of the
Leeward Islands. The island is low lying and, unlike its
larger sisters, it is not volcanic but of coral formation.
It is arid, covered with low scrub and has few natural
resources. However, it has excellent beaches and superb
diving and snorkeling, protected by the coral reefs. The
island’s name is the Spanish word for ‘eel’, a
reference to its long, narrow shape. Its Carib name was
Malliouhana. The people of Anguilla, predominantly of
African descent but with some traces of Irish blood, are
very friendly and helpful and it is one of the safest
islands in the Caribbean.