Q:  Give the original name of the V. C. Bird International Airport.

A:  Coolidge Airport. The airport, an American base during the Second World War, was named after Hamilton Coolidge, an American airman who was killed during the First World War. A memorial plaque honoring Coolidge was placed in the original terminal building.

Q:  What would the people of Barbuda be referring to when they talk about a “dividing wall" in their history?

A:  A wall built to keep African slaves from the Codrington family.

Q:  The wingspan of the male birds may be up to eight feet. They inflate their red throat pouches to attract female birds. Where in the Caribbean can you find the largest sanctuary of these birds? 


A:  On Barbuda. The birds are the frigate birds, fregata magnificens, also called “man o’ war”  because they snatch away the catches of other birds, using their superior aerial prowess. These birds are also called the "hurricane birds." Barbuda's Frigate Bird Sanctuary is at the north end of Codrington Lagoon and is accessible only by small boat.

Q:  What is "belly soup" in Antigua?

A:  Belly soup is soup with tripe in it. Tripe is the somewhat  rubbery lining of the stomach of pigs or cattle, used as food. Belly soup in Antigua contains mainly beef tripe or pork tripe. Pork belly soup is popular in many countries.  Fish belly soup is also popular.

Q:  What was the name the Amerindians (Caribs) gave to the island that is now called Antigua?

A:  Wadadli.

Q:  Who designed the national flag of Antigua and Barbuda?

A:  Reginald Samuels, a high school art teacher.

Q:  His first name was Timoshenko. He became a journalist, educator, sports administrator, political activist and intellectual. What was the last name of this Antiguan?

A: Hector. Everyone called him Tim Hector.

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Q: Which Antiguan served in the Salvation Army as Captain before attaining a position of high prominence in Antigua and the Caribbean?

A: Vere Cornwall Bird, Prime Minister

Q:  Under what circumstances did the fig (a native of the Mediterranean) become so prominent along a well known road in Antigua that it is known as Fig Tree Drive?

A:  There are lots of figs along the drive. But wait a minute! These are not figs from the Mediterranean; they're bananas.

Q:  Where can you see the Antiguan cricket bat that scored the fastest century?

A:  At the Museum and Archives at the Court House in Antigua. The bat belonged, of course, to Viv Richards. On Viv Richard's Street, you can also visit the cricket star's childhood home.

Q:  He was Administrator of Antigua from 1964 to 1967, and then the first native Governor-General of Guyana after its independence in 1966. What was his name? And how did he die?

A:  Sir David (James Gardiner) Rose. He was killed by falling scaffolding in an accident in London.

Q:  In many Caribbean territories slaves bought all the land they could after emancipation, and some started their own small businesses. Why didn't the former slaves of Antigua and Barbuda do the same?

A:  In Antigua and Barbuda, there was just no available land and no access to credit. In an economy built on agriculture rather than manufacturing, there were just no other occupations to pursue..

Q:  Which trades union leader became president of the Antigua Trades and Labour Union 1n 1943 and then continued to be a dominant figure in politics and government for practically the rest of his life?

A:  Vere Cornwall Bird.

Q:  Who was the sugar estate proprietor after whom Barbuda’s only town is named?

A:  Sir Christopher Codrington. The name of the town is Codrington.

Q:  Who was leased an island in return for "one fat pig per year, if asked"?

A:  Christopher Codrington got the island of Barbuda on those terms. The lease, given in 1685 by King Charles II, remained in effect until 1870 even though Barbuda had been ceded to Antigua 10 years earlier. The Codrington family had rights not only to the land, but also all wreckage from the many shipwrecks on the surrounding reefs. Income from such wrecks was significant. 

Q:  Why are many of the inhabitants of Barbuda descended from the Corramante tribe in Africa?

A:  They were taken there as slaves and used by Christopher Codrington in his slave-breeding experiments.

Q:  Which prominent figure in Antigua was a former Salvation Army Captain?

A:  Vere Cornwall Bird

Q:  What did Clarence House in Antigua have to do with a future King of England?

A:  It was built by English stonemasons to accomodate him while as Prince William Henry he was command of the ship Pegasus in 1787. He later became the Duke of Clarence, then King William IV.

Q:  Where did the impressive carved figures at the south gate of St John's Cathedral and captioned St John the Baptist and St John the Divine come from?

A:  They are said to have been removed from one of Napoleon's ships during the Napoleonic wars and brought to Antigua by a British man-of-war.